Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To frequent; to resort to frequently; to visit pertinaciously or intrusively; to intrude upon.
You wrong me, sir, thus still to
Those cares that
hauntthe court and town.
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.
hauntsthe house where he died
hauntmy resting place.
To practice; to devote one’s self to.
That other merchandise that men
hauntwith fraud . . . is cursed.
Leave honest pleasure, and
hauntno good pastime.
To accustom; to habituate.
Hauntthyself to pity.
To persist in staying or visiting.
I've charged thee not to
hauntabout my doors.
A place to which one frequently resorts;
as, drinking saloons are the
hauntsof tipplers; a den is the
hauntof 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,
hauntof all affections pure.
The feeble soul, a
The habit of resorting to a place.
hauntyou have got about the courts.
Of clothmaking she hadde such an
Webster 1828 Edition
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.
I've charged thee not to haunt about my door.
1.The habit or custom of resorting to a place. [Not used.]