Origin of haunted
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of haunt
Examples from the Web for haunted
He read technical journals about film and haunted the theaters and film production companies.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even though the police and my family and friends believed me, that one voice of doubt is the one that haunted me most.
Were Israeli soldiers so haunted by what they saw and did in the last Gaza war that they took their own lives?
The Lotus and the Storm turns out to be a grand, haunted melodrama with elements of camp, delivered in fragmentary reveries.
Or go to Mougins and get a local realtor to tell you stories of Edith Piaf's haunted house.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic|Liza Foreman|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Miss Dalrymple then took one of the older servants into confidence, and asked her if the house was haunted.Ghostly Phenomena|Elliot O'Donnell.
We parted and went our several ways, leaving the little cloisters to solitude and the ghosts that haunted them.Glories of Spain|Charles W. Wood
Her blue eyes burned on the gems with a strange and haunted light.
And was the four-funnelled, twin-screwed Parana but a ghostly ship bearing a cargo of haunted souls into their earthly purgatory?The Wild Olive|Basil King
And to think that this is but one of thousands of cases for ever haunted by their own hideousness, for ever dependent on others.Eighteen Months in the War Zone|Kate John Finzi
Word Origin for haunt
"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.
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.