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Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English haunten ( “ to reside, inhabit, use, employ ” ), from Old French hanter ( “ to inhabit, frequent, resort to ” ), from Old Northern French hanter ( “ to go back home, frequent ” ), from Old Norse heimta ( “ to bring home, fetch ” ) or/and from Old English hāmettan ( “ to bring home; house; cohabit with ” ); both from Proto-Germanic *haimatjaną ( “ to house, bring home ” ), from Proto-Germanic *haimaz ( “ village, home ” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱóymos ( “ village ” ).
Old English hāmettan ( “ to provide housing to, bring home ” ); related to Old English hām ( “ home, village ” ), Old French hantin ( “ a stay, a place frequented by ” ) from the same Germanic source. Another descendant from the French is Dutch , whence hanteren German , hantieren Swedish , hantera Danish . More at håndtere home.
Pronunciation [ edit ]
haunt ( third-person singular simple present , haunts present participle , haunting simple past and past participle ) haunted
To ( transitive ) inhabit or to visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).
A couple of ghosts haunt the old, burnt-down house.
c. (date written), 1597 William Shakespeare, “ The Merry Wiues of Windsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies ( [ … ] First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed, published [ward ] Blount 1623, , [Act III, scene iv], →OCLC page , column 1: 52 You wrong me Sir,thus ſtill to haunt my houſe.
, 1600 [Torquato Tasso], “ (please specify |book=1 to 20)”, in Edward Fairefax [ i.e., Edward Fairfax], transl., , London: Godfrey of Bulloigne, or The Recouerie of Ierusalem. [ … ] [ … ] Ar [nold ] Hatfield, for I [saac ] Iaggard and M [atthew ] Lownes, : →OCLC Foul spirits haunt my resting place. , 1713 Jonathan Swift, Imitation of Horace, Book I. Ep. VII: those cares that haunt the court and town
To make ( transitive ) uneasy, restless.
The memory of his past failures haunted him.
To ( transitive ) stalk; to follow.
The policeman haunted him, following him everywhere. 2014 September 23, Elle King, Dave Bassett, “ Ex's & Oh's”, in Love Stuff , performed by Elle King:  Ex's and the oh-oh-oh's, they haunt me / Like ghosts, they want me / To make 'em a-a-all / They won't let go / Ex's and oh's
To ( intransitive , now rare ) live habitually; to stay, to remain.
To ( transitive , UK dialectal , Northern England , Scotland ) accustom; habituate; make accustomed to.
c. , 1382–1395 John Wycliffe [ et al.], edited by Josiah Forshall and Frederic Madden, , volume I (in Middle English), Oxford: At the The Holy Bible, [ … ] University Press, published 1850, , →OCLC I. Timothy 4:7, columns 1, 2: [… ] haunte thi silf to pite [or pitee]. [… ] haunt thyself to piety.
To ( transitive , UK dialectal , Northern England , Scotland ) practise; to devote oneself to.
a. 1569 (date written), Roger Ascham, edited by Margaret Ascham, The Scholemaster: Or Plaine and Perfite Way of Teaching Children, to Vnderstand, Write, and Speake, the Latin Tong,, London: [ … ] [ … ] John Daye, [ … ] , published 1570, : →OCLC Leave honest pleasure, and haunt no good pastime. To persist in staying or visiting.
( intransitive ) c. (date written), 1603–1604 William Shakespeare, “ The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies ( [ … ] First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed, published [ward ] Blount 1623, , [Act I, scene i], →OCLC page , column 1: 311 I haue charg’d thee not to haunt about my doores: [… ]
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to inhabit, or visit frequently
посещавам (bg) ( poseštavam ) Chinese:
Mandarin: 出沒 ／ 出没 (zh) ( chūmò ) ( of creatures ) Czech:
strašit , (cs) obcházet Dutch:
rondspoken (nl) Finnish:
kummitella (fi) ( of ghosts ), olla (fi) French:
hanter (fr) German:
herumspuken in ( of ghosts ), spuken in ( of ghosts ), heimsuchen (de) Greek:
στοιχειώνω (el) ( stoicheióno ) Hungarian:
kísért (hu) Ingrian:
infestare (it) Japanese:
出没する (ja) ( shutsubotsu suru ) ( of creatures ), 取り憑く (ja) ( toritsuku ) Maori:
, kuku poke (mi) Polish:
straszyć , (pl) nawiedzać , (pl) nawiedzić , (pl) nawiedzać (pl) , impf nawiedzić (pl) pf Portuguese:
perseguir , (pt) assombrar (pt) Romanian:
bântui (ro) Russian:
посеща́ть (ru) impf ( poseščátʹ ), навеща́ть (ru) impf ( naveščátʹ ), появля́ться (ru) impf ( pojavljátʹsja ) Spanish:
frecuentar (es) Swedish:
hemsöka (sv) Ukrainian:
( часто ) відвідувати ( vidviduvaty ), навідувати ( naviduvaty ), вчащати ( včaščaty ), бувати (uk) ( buvaty ) Welsh: mynychu (cy)
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haunt ( plural ) haunts
A place at which one is regularly found; a
habitation or hangout.
The shopping mall is a popular haunt of the local teenagers in this town. I went back the town I used to live and visited all my old haunts.
, 1819 Washington Irving, , The Sketch Book Rip Van Winkle: It is a great rock or cliff on the loneliest part of the mountains, and, … is known by the name of the Garden Rock. Near the foot of it is a small lake, the haunt of the solitary bittern, with water-snakes basking in the sun on the leaves of the pond-lilies which lie on the surface.
, 1868 Louisa May Alcott, Kitty's Class Day: Both Jack and Fletcher had graduated the year before, but still took an interest in their old haunts, and patronized the fellows who were not yet through.
1984 October 8, Timothy Loughran, Natalie Angier, “ Science: Striking It Rich in Wyoming”, in Time: Wyoming has been a favorite haunt of paleontologists for the past century ever since westering pioneers reported that many vertebrate fossils were almost lying on the ground. , Michael Coogan, Marc Brettler, Carol Newsom, 2018 The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: It shall be the haunt of jackals, an abode for ostriches.
A ( dialect ) ghost.
Synonym: haint A lair or feeding place of animals.  
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place at which one is regularly found
свърталище (bg) n ( svǎrtalište ) Dutch:
trefpunt (nl) Finnish:
kantapaikka , (fi) vakiopaikka French:
point de rencontre m German:
Treffpunkt (de) m Greek:
στέκι (el) n ( stéki ), λημέρι (el) n ( liméri ), εντευκτήριο (el) n ( entefktírio ) Italian:
ritrovo (it) m Japanese:
行きつけ ( ikitsuke ) Korean:
단골 (ko) ( dan'gol ) Latin:
lustrum n Macedonian:
свратилиште n ( svratilište ) Maori:
, ripoinga kainga waewae Persian:
پاتوق (fa) ( pâtoq ) Portuguese:
poiso , m poiso habitual , m pouso (pt) , m pouso habitual m Swedish:
mötesplats , (sv) träffpunkt , (sv) tillhåll (sv) , n gömsle (sv) n Welsh: bro f
feeding place for animals
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