[ hawn-tid, hahn- ]
/ ˈhɔn tɪd, ˈhɑn- /


inhabited or frequented by ghosts: a haunted castle.
preoccupied, as with an emotion, memory, or idea; obsessed: His haunted imagination gave him no peace.
disturbed; distressed; worried: Haunted by doubt he again turned to law books on the subject.

Origin of haunted

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at haunt, -ed2

Related forms

un·haunt·ed, adjective

Definition for haunted (2 of 2)


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

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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

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 forms

haunt·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for haunted (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhɔːntɪd) /


frequented or visited by ghosts
(postpositive) obsessed or worried

British Dictionary definitions for haunted (2 of 2)


/ (hɔːnt) /


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


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

Derived Forms

haunter, 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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