A ghosts haunts this castle.
- An example of to haunt is seeing visions of a relative who has passed every time you're in their bedroom.
- An example of to haunt is going to the same cafe for lunch every day.
- An example of to haunt is stalking someone.
- to visit (a place) often or continually; frequent
- to seek the company or companionship of; run after
- to appear or recur repeatedly to, often to the point of obsession: memories haunted her
- to be associated with; fill the atmosphere of; pervade: memories of former gaiety haunt the house
Origin of hauntMiddle English haunten from Old French hanter, to frequent from Germanic an unverified form haimetan (akin to Old English hamettan, to domicile) from an unverified form haim, home
- a place often visited: to make the library one's haunt
- a lair or feeding place of animals
- Dial. a ghost
verbhaunt·ed, haunt·ing, haunts
- To inhabit, visit, or appear to in the form of a ghost or other supernatural being.
- To visit often; frequent: haunted the movie theaters.
- To come to the mind of continually; obsess: a riddle that haunted me all morning.
- To be continually present in; pervade: the melancholy that haunts the composer's music.
- A place much frequented.
- also hant or ha'nt or haint Chiefly Southern US A ghost or other supernatural being.
Origin of hauntMiddle English haunten to frequent from Old French hanter ; see tkei- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present haunts, present participle haunting, simple past and past participle haunted)
- To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).
- A couple of ghosts haunt the old, burnt-down house.
- To make uneasy, restless.
- The memory of his past failures haunted him.
- To stalk, to follow
- The policeman haunted him, following him everywhere.
- (intransitive, now rare) To live habitually; to stay, to remain.
- (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To accustom; habituate; make accustomed to.
- (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To practise; to devote oneself to.
- (intransitive) To persist in staying or visiting.
From Middle English haunten (“to reside, inhabit, use, employ”), from Old French hanter (“to inhabit, frequent, resort to”), of Germanic origin, probably through Gothic *[script?] (haimatjan, “to lead home”), from Proto-Germanic *haimatjaną (“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 (“to bring home, fetch”) (Swedish hämta); related to Old English hām (“home, village”), Old French hantin (“a stay, a place frequented by”) from the same Germanic source. More at home.