from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To inhabit, visit, or appear to in the form of a ghost or other supernatural being.
  • transitive v. To visit often; frequent: haunted the movie theaters.
  • transitive v. To come to the mind of continually; obsess: a riddle that haunted me all morning.
  • transitive v. To be continually present in; pervade: the melancholy that haunts the composer's music.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).
  • v. To make uneasy, restless.
  • v. To stalk, to follow
  • v. To live habitually; to stay, to remain.
  • v. To accustom; habituate; make accustomed to.
  • v. To practise.
  • n. A place at which one is regularly found; a hangout.
  • n. A ghost.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place to which one frequently resorts
  • n. The habit of resorting to a place.
  • n. Practice; skill.
  • intransitive v. To persist in staying or visiting.
  • transitive v. To frequent; to resort to frequently; to visit pertinaciously or intrusively; to intrude upon.
  • transitive v. To inhabit or frequent as a specter; to visit as a ghost or apparition; -- said of spirits or ghosts, especially of dead people.
  • transitive v. To practice; to devote one's self to.
  • transitive v. To accustom; to habituate.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


Middle English haunten, to frequent, from Old French hanter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)



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