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Etymology 1[edit]


haint (third-person singular simple present haints, present participle hainting, simple past and past participle hainted)

  1. (US, dialectal) Alternative form of haunt
    • 1988, Randy Russell, Janet Barnett, Dead Dan's Shadow on the Wall, in Mountain Ghost Stories and Curious Tales of Western North Carolina, page 5,
      Looking from juror to juror and seeking out the smug faces of the witnesses who'd testified against him, he repeated his threat. "Those who say I kilt anybody are liars," he proclaimed. "And each of you will be hainted every day for the rest of your life. Then the devil will have ye."
    • 2003, Winson Hudson, Derrick Bell, Constance Curry, Mississippi Harmony: Memoirs of a Freedom Fighter, page 17,
      After he killed him, Ed came back and he didn't have no head and he hainted [haunted] Ole Master until he died himself — getting in his way all the time — Ole Ed would be right there with him.
    • 2003, W. Bruce Wingo, There Grows a Crooked Tree[1], page 92:
      “I just don't think it happened that way,” he argued. “Otherwise, the ghost wouldn't still be hainting the tree.”


haint (plural haints)

  1. (US, dialectal) A ghost; a supernatural being; Alternative form of haunt.
    • 1960, Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, J. B. Lippincott Co., page 254.
      "Ain't you scared of haints?"
    • 1987, Toni Morrison, Beloved, page 18:
      I got a tree on my back and a haint in my house, and nothing in between but the daughter I am holding in my arms.
    • 2005, "The Four-Legged Haint" by Eulie Rowan, in The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs, Simon and Schuster, page 106:
      It didn't take long for word to spread that there was a "haint" in the graveyard. A haint is what the old-timers called a ghost.
    • 2009, Mary Monroe, God Still Don't Like Ugly[2], page 211:
      My dead grandpa's haint floated above my bed one night when I was a young'un and scared me so bad I busted the bedroom door down tryin' to get out that room so fast.
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Etymology 2[edit]



  1. (dialectal) Alternative form of ain't



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From Middle High German *heinaht, from Old High German hīnaht (tonight), from (this, from Proto-Germanic *hiz) + naht (night). Cognate with obsolete German heint, heinacht (tonight), Bavarian heint (today).



  1. (Sette Comuni) this evening

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  • “haint” in Martalar, Umberto Martello; Bellotto, Alfonso (1974) Dizionario della lingua Cimbra dei Sette Communi vicentini, 1st edition, Roana, Italy: Instituto di Cultura Cimbra A. Dal Pozzo



haint f sg

  1. h-prothesized form of aint




haint f (plural heintiau, not mutable)

  1. infection, disease
    Synonym: clefyd
  2. plague, pestilence
    Synonyms: pla, bad

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  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “haint”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies