verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of haunt
Examples from the Web for haunt
Christie has problems, and they begin with the fact that photos and videos and memes can haunt us.
But it was a grueling road to freedom, and one that continues to haunt them.‘Out in the Night’ and the Redemption of the ‘Killer Lesbian Gang'|Nina Strochlic|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This undeclared war on the Latino immigrant family was bound to haunt Obama.With Julian Castro Taking Over at HUD, a New Political Dynasty Is in the Making|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Weiner hinted that an event that occurred early on in the series may come back to haunt Don in the final episodes.How to End ‘Mad Men’? Matthew Weiner Gives Final Season Sneak Peek|Andrew Romano|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Does Bradley Cooper haunt the makers of Wet Hot American Summer?Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler’s Ultimate Rom Com Spoof ‘They Came Together’|Sujay Kumar|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Snakes which haunt a sacred place are themselves sacred, because they belong to or actually embody the ghost.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)|Sir James George Frazer
But we forget his person in an hour; nor does his voice ever haunt our solitude.Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2|John Wilson
Henceforward, except when a sportsman passed with his gun, the otters' haunt remained in peace.Creatures of the Night|Alfred W. Rees
Two spirits seemed to haunt and speak to him, the one a German, the other a Pole.Animal Parasites and Messmates|P. J. Van Beneden
But the voice continued to haunt him persistently, besiegingly, despotically.The Manxman|Hall Caine
Word Origin for haunt
early 13c., "to practice habitually, busy oneself with, take part in," from Old French hanter "to frequent, resort to, be familiar with" (12c.), probably from Old Norse heimta "bring home," from Proto-Germanic *haimat-janan, from *haimaz- (see home). Meaning "to frequent (a place)" is c.1300 in English. Use in reference to a spirit returning to the house where it had lived perhaps was in Proto-Germanic, but it was reinforced by Shakespeare's plays, and it is first recorded 1590 in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Related: Haunted; haunting. Middle English hauntingly meant "frequently;" sense of "so as to haunt one's thoughts or memory" is from 1859.
"place frequently visited," c.1300, also in Middle English, "habit, custom" (early 14c.), from haunt (v.). The meaning "spirit that haunts a place, ghost" is first recorded 1843, originally in stereotypical U.S. black speech.