[hawn-ting, hahn-]
  1. 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
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Historical Examples of hauntingly

  • Of all the places I had visited, this island was the most hauntingly lonely.

  • Her look of meek despair was hauntingly sad with Anthony on his way home.

  • One could not have named the sweetness that hovered in it—hauntingly.

  • There is something wildly, hauntingly interesting in them; one loves and pities her at the first glance.

    Helen and Arthur

    Caroline Lee Hentz

  • She was hauntingly sure that in like circumstances she would be weak enough to take her trouble toa man like Gordon, for instance.

British Dictionary definitions for hauntingly


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