American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To inhabit, visit, or appear to in the form of ghost or other supernatural being.
- v. To visit often; frequent: haunted the movie theaters.
- v. To come to the mind of continually; obsess: a riddle that haunted me all morning.
- v. To be continually present in; pervade: the melancholy that haunts the composer's music.
- v. To recur or visit often, especially as a ghost.
- n. A place much frequented.
- n. Chiefly Southern U.S. A ghost or other supernatural being.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To frequent or visit; resort to much or often, or be much about; visit customarily.
- To come or recur to persistently, so as not to be prevented or driven away; attend or accompany so constantly as to be annoying or offensive; intrude upon continually.
- Specifically, to reappear frequently to after death; visit habitually in a disembodied state, as a supposed spirit, ghost, or specter.
- To devote one's self to; practise; pursue; use.
- To be much about; be present often or persistently; go or visit often; resort.
- To reappear, as a disembodied spirit.
- n. A place of frequent resort or visitation; a place in which any being, or, figuratively, some quality or characteristic, is commonly manifested or seen.
- n. A limited region assigned to or owned by one for his habitation or the practice of his profession; a district.
- n. The act, habit, or custom of resorting to a place.
- n. Custom; practice; skill.
- n. A disembodied spirit supposed to haunt a certain place; a ghost.
- v. transitive To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).
- v. transitive To make uneasy, restless.
- v. transitive To stalk, to follow
- v. intransitive To live habitually; to stay, to remain.
- v. transitive, Northern England, Scotland To accustom; habituate; make accustomed to.
- v. transitive, Northern England, Scotland To practise.
- n. A place at which one is regularly found; a hangout.
- n. dialect A ghost.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To frequent; to resort to frequently; to visit pertinaciously or intrusively; to intrude upon.
- v. To inhabit or frequent as a specter; to visit as a ghost or apparition; -- said of spirits or ghosts, especially of dead people.
- v. obsolete To practice; to devote one's self to.
- v. obsolete To accustom; to habituate.
- v. To persist in staying or visiting.
- n. A place to which one frequently resorts
- n. obsolete The habit of resorting to a place.
- n. obsolete Practice; skill.
- v. follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to
- n. a frequently visited place
- v. haunt like a ghost; pursue.
- v. be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place
- From Middle English haunten ("to reside, inhabit, use, employ"), from Old French hanter ("to inhabit, frequent, resort to"), of Germanic origin, probably through Gothic * (haimatjan, "to lead home"), from Proto-Germanic *haimatjanan (“to house, bring home”), from Proto-Germanic *haimaz (“village, home”), from Proto-Indo-European *kōim- (“village”). Cognate with Old English hāmettan ("to provide housing to, bring home"), Old Norse heimta (Swedish hämta, "to bring home, fetch"); related to Old English hām ("home, village"), Old French hantin ("a stay, a place frequented by") from the same Germanic source. More at home. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English haunten, to frequent, from Old French hanter. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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