[ hawn-ting, hahn- ]
/ ˈhɔn tɪŋ, ˈhɑn- /


remaining in the consciousness; not quickly forgotten: haunting music; haunting memories.


the act of a person or thing that haunts; visitation.

Origin of haunting

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at haunt, -ing2, -ing1
Related formshaunt·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for haunting (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 formshaunt·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for haunting (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhɔːntɪŋ) /


(of memories) poignant or persistent
poignantly sentimental; enchantingly or eerily evocative
Derived Formshauntingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for haunting (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 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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