haunt

[ hawnt, hahnt; for 10 also hant ]
/ hɔnt, hɑnt; for 10 also hænt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

Often haunts. a place frequently visited: to return to one's old haunts.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. and North England. a ghost.

Nearby words

  1. haulier,
  2. haulm,
  3. haunch,
  4. haunch bone,
  5. haunch-bone,
  6. haunted,
  7. haunting,
  8. hauntingly,
  9. haunts,
  10. hauppauge

Origin of haunt

1200–50; Middle English haunten < Old French hanter to frequent, probably < Old Norse heimta to lead home, derivative of heim homewards; see home

Related formshaunt·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for haunt

haunt

/ (hɔːnt) /

verb

to visit (a person or place) in the form of a ghost
(tr) to intrude upon or recur to (the memory, thoughts, etc)he was haunted by the fear of insanity
to visit (a place) frequently
to associate with (someone) frequently

noun

(often plural) a place visited frequentlyan old haunt of hers
a place to which animals habitually resort for food, drink, shelter, etc
Derived Formshaunter, noun

Word Origin for haunt

C13: from Old French hanter, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse heimta to bring home, Old English hāmettan to give a home to; see home

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