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Webster 1913 Edition


Haunt

Haunt

(hänt; 277)
,
Verb.
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
). √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.
Shakespeare
Those cares that
haunt
the court and town.
Swift.
2.
To inhabit or frequent as a specter; to visit as a ghost or apparition; – said of spirits or ghosts, especially of dead people;
as, the murdered man
haunts
the house where he died
.
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

,
Verb.
I.
To persist in staying or visiting.
I've charged thee not to
haunt
about my doors.
Shakespeare

Haunt

,
Noun.
1.
A place to which one frequently resorts;
as, drinking saloons are the
haunts
of tipplers; a den is the
haunt
of wild beasts.
☞ In Old English the place occupied by any one as a dwelling or in his business was called a haunt.
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Haunt

H`AUNT

, v.t.
1.
To frequent; to resort to much or often, or to be much about; to visit customarily.
Celestial Venus haunts Idalia's groves.
2.
To come to frequently; to intrude on; to trouble with frequent visits; to follow importunately.
You wrong me, Sir, thus still to haunt my house.
Those cares that haunt the court and town.
3.
It is particularly applied to specters or apparitions, which are represented by fear and credulity as frequenting or inhabiting old, decayed and deserted houses.
Foul spirits haunt my resting place.

H`AUNT

,
Verb.
I.
To be much about; to visit or be present often.
I've charged thee not to haunt about my door.

H`AUNT

,
Noun.
A place to which one frequently resorts. Taverns are often the haunts of tipplers. A den is the haunt of wild beasts.
1.
The habit or custom of resorting to a place. [Not used.]
2.
Custom; practice.

Definition 2022


haunt

haunt

English

Alternative forms

Verb

haunt (third-person singular simple present haunts, present participle haunting, simple past and past participle haunted)

  1. (transitive) To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).
    A couple of ghosts haunt the old, burnt-down house.
    • Shakespeare
      You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house.
    • Jonathan Swift
      those cares that haunt the court and town
    • Fairfax
      Foul spirits haunt my resting place.
  2. (transitive) To make uneasy, restless.
    The memory of his past failures haunted him.
  3. (transitive) To stalk, to follow
    The policeman haunted him, following him everywhere.
  4. (intransitive, now rare) To live habitually; to stay, to remain.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, John XI:
      Jesus therfore walked no more openly amonge the iewes: butt went his waye thence vnto a countre ny to a wildernes into a cite called effraym, and there haunted with his disciples.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.x:
      yonder in that wastefull wildernesse / Huge monsters haunt, and many dangers dwell []
  5. (transitive, Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To accustom; habituate; make accustomed to.
    • Wyclif
      Haunt thyself to pity.
  6. (transitive, Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To practise; to devote oneself to.
    • Ascham
      Leave honest pleasure, and haunt no good pastime.
  7. (intransitive) To persist in staying or visiting.
    • Shakespeare
      I've charged thee not to haunt about my doors.

Synonyms

  • (to make uneasy): nag

Translations

Noun

haunt (plural haunts)

  1. A place at which one is regularly found; a hangout.
    • 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, Timothy Loughran and Natalie Angier, "Science: Striking It Rich in Wyoming," Time, 8 Oct.:
      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.
  2. (dialect) A ghost.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, page 93:
      Harnts don't wander much ginerally,’ he said. ‘They hand round thar own buryin'-groun' mainly.’
  3. A feeding place for animals.[2]

Translations

References

  1. 1 2 Dictionary.com
  2. Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)

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