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v. & n. --v. 1 tr. (of a ghost) visit (a place) regularly, usu. reputedly giving signs of its presence. 2 tr. (of a person or animal) frequent or be persistently in (a place). 3 tr. (of a memory etc.) be persistently in the mind of. 4 intr. (foll. by with, in) stay habitually. --n. 1 (often in pl.) a place frequented by a person. 2 a place frequented by animals, esp. for food and drink. Derivatives: haunter n. Etymology: ME f. OF hanter f. Gmc
Haunt Haunt (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Haunted; p. pr. & vb. n. Haunting.] [F. hanter; of uncertain origin, perh. from an assumed LL. ambitare to go about, fr. L. ambire (see Ambition); or cf. Icel. heimta to demand, regain, akin to heim home (see Home). [root]36.] 1. To frequent; to resort to frequently; to visit pertinaciously or intrusively; to intrude upon. You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house. --Shak. Those cares that haunt the court and town. --Swift. 2. To inhabit or frequent as a specter; to visit as a ghost or apparition. Foul spirits haunt my resting place. --Fairfax. 3. To practice; to devote one's self to. [Obs.] That other merchandise that men haunt with fraud . . . is cursed. --Chaucer. Leave honest pleasure, and haunt no good pastime. --Ascham. 4. To accustom; to habituate. [Obs.] Haunt thyself to pity. --Wyclif.
Haunt Haunt, v. i. To persist in staying or visiting. I've charged thee not to haunt about my doors. --Shak.
Haunt Haunt, n. 1. A place to which one frequently resorts; as, drinking saloons are the haunts of tipplers; a den is the haunt of wild beasts. Note: In Old English the place occupied by any one as a dwelling or in his business was called a haunt. Note: Often used figuratively. The household nook, The haunt of all affections pure. --Keble. The feeble soul, a haunt of fears. --Tennyson. 2. The habit of resorting to a place. [Obs.] The haunt you have got about the courts. --Arbuthnot. 3. Practice; skill. [Obs.] Of clothmaking she hadde such an haunt. --Chaucer.
(haunts, haunting, haunted) 1. If something unpleasant haunts you, you keep thinking or worrying about it over a long period of time. The decision to leave her children now haunts her... VERB: V n 2. Something that haunts a person or organization regularly causes them problems over a long period of time. The stigma of being a bankrupt is likely to haunt him for the rest of his life. VERB: V n 3. A place that is the haunt of a particular person is one which they often visit because they enjoy going there. The Channel Islands are a favourite summer haunt for UK and French yachtsmen alike. N-COUNT: with supp 4. A ghost or spirit that haunts a place or a person regularly appears in the place, or is seen by the person and frightens them. His ghost is said to haunt some of the rooms, banging a toy drum. VERB: V n
hont, hant: The verb in Old English was simply "to resort to," "frequent"; a place of dwelling or of business was a haunt. The noun occurs in 1Sa 23:22 as the translation of reghel, "foot," "See his place where his haunt is," the Revised Version margin, Hebrew `foot' "; the verb is the translation of yashabh, "to sit down," "to dwell" (Eze 26:17, "on all that haunt it," the Revised Version (British and American) "dwelt there," margin "inhabited her"), and of halakh, "to go,"' or "live" (1Sa 30:31, "all the places where David himself and his men were wont to haunt").
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