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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive)


Noun haunt has 1 sense

Verb haunt has 3 senses


hauntv. t. [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).
  •  To frequent; to resort to frequently; to visit pertinaciously or intrusively; to intrude upon.  [1913 Webster]
    "You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house."  [1913 Webster]
    "Those cares that haunt the court and town."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "Foul spirits haunt my resting place."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To practice; to devote one's self to.  [1913 Webster]
    "That other merchandise that men haunt with fraud . . . is cursed."  [1913 Webster]
    "Leave honest pleasure, and haunt no good pastime."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To accustom; to habituate.  [1913 Webster]
    "Haunt thyself to pity."  [1913 Webster]
hauntv. i. 
     To persist in staying or visiting.  [1913 Webster]
    "I've charged thee not to haunt about my doors."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A place to which one frequently resorts; as, drinking saloons are the haunts of tipplers; a den is the haunt of wild beasts.  [1913 Webster]
    " In Old English the place occupied by any one as a dwelling or in his business was called a haunt."  [1913 Webster]
    "The household nook,
    The haunt of all affections pure.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "The feeble soul, a haunt of fears."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The habit of resorting to a place.  [1913 Webster]
    "The haunt you have got about the courts."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Practice; skill.  [1913 Webster]
    "Of clothmaking she hadde such an haunt."  [1913 Webster]


haunt, v. & n.
1 tr. (of a ghost) visit (a place) regularly, usu. reputedly giving signs of its presence.
2 tr. (of a person or animal) frequent or be persistently in (a place).
3 tr. (of a memory etc.) be persistently in the mind of.
4 intr. (foll. by with, in) stay habitually.
1 (often in pl.) a place frequented by a person.
2 a place frequented by animals, esp. for food and drink.

haunter n.
ME f. OF hanter f. Gmc



Masan, affect, apparition, appearance, astral, astral spirit, banshee, baths, beset, burden, casino, club, clubhouse, control, crush one, departed spirit, disembodied spirit, dog, duppy, dybbuk, eidolon, exhaust, form, frequent, fret, gambling house, gathering place, ghost, grateful dead, guide, habituate, hang about, hang around, hang out, hang out at, hangout, hant, harass, harry, haunt the memory, health resort, home, hound, idolum, immateriality, incorporeal, incorporeal being, incorporeity, larva, lemures, locality, manes, materialization, meeting place, obsess, oni, oppress, persecute, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, plague, poltergeist, possess, presence, prey on, purlieu, rallying point, range, rendezvous, resort, resort to, revenant, shade, shadow, shape, shrouded spirit, site, spa, specter, spectral ghost, spirit, spook, springs, sprite, stamping, stamping ground, theophany, tire, torment, trouble, unsubstantiality, vex, vision, visit, walking dead man, wandering soul, watering place, wear out, wear upon one, weary, weigh upon, weight down, worry, wraith, zombie




VB exist in space, be present, assister, make one of, make one at, look on, attend, remain, find oneself, present oneself, show one's face, fall in the way of, occur in a place, lie, stand, occupy, be there, people, inhabit, dwell, reside, stay, sojourn, live, abide, lodge, nestle, roost, perch, take up one's abode, tenant, resort to, frequent, haunt, revisit, fill, pervade, permeate, be diffused, be disseminated, be through, over spread, overrun, run through, meet one at every turn.


N abode, dwelling, lodging, domicile, residence, apartment, place, digs, pad, address, habitation, where one's lot is cast, local habitation, berth, diggings, seat, lap, sojourn, housing, quarters, headquarters, resiance, tabernacle, throne, ark, home, fatherland, country, homestead, homestall, fireside, hearth, hearth stone, chimney corner, inglenook, ingle side, harem, seraglio, zenana, household gods, lares et penates, roof, household, housing, dulce domum, paternal domicile, native soil, native land, habitat, range, stamping ground, haunt, hangout, biosphere, environment, ecological niche, nest, nidus, snuggery, arbor, bower, lair, den, cave, hole, hiding place, cell, sanctum sanctorum, aerie, eyrie, eyry, rookery, hive, covert, resort, retreat, perch, roost, nidification, kala jagah, bivouac, camp, encampment, cantonment, castrametation, barrack, casemate, casern, tent, building, chamber, xenodochium, tenement, messuage, farm, farmhouse, grange, hacienda, toft, cot, cabin, hut, chalet, croft, shed, booth, stall, hovel, bothy, shanty, dugout, wigwam, pen, barn, bawn, kennel, sty, doghold, cote, coop, hutch, byre, cow house, cow shed, stable, dovecote, columbary, columbarium, shippen, igloo, iglu, jacal, lacustrine dwelling, lacuslake dwelling, lacuspile dwelling, log cabin, log house, shack, shebang, tepee, topek, house, mansion, place, villa, cottage, box, lodge, hermitage, rus in urbe, folly, rotunda, tower, chateau, castle, pavilion, hotel, court, manor-house, capital messuage, hall, palace, kiosk, bungalow, casa, country seat, apartment house, flat house, frame house, shingle house, tenement house, temple, hamlet, village, thorp, dorp, ham, kraal, borough, burgh, town, city, capital, metropolis, suburb, province, country, county town, county seat, courthouse, ghetto, street, place, terrace, parade, esplanade, alameda, board walk, embankment, road, row, lane, alley, court, quadrangle, quad, wynd, close, yard, passage, rents, buildings, mews, square, polygon, circus, crescent, mall, piazza, arcade, colonnade, peristyle, cloister, gardens, grove, residences, block of buildings, market place, place, plaza, anchorage, roadstead, roads, dock, basin, wharf, quay, port, harbor, quarter, parish, assembly room, meetinghouse, pump room, spa, watering place, inn, hostel, hostelry, hotel, tavern, caravansary, dak bungalow, khan, hospice, public house, pub, pot house, mug house, gin mill, gin palace, bar, bar room, barrel house, cabaret, chophouse, club, clubhouse, cookshop, dive, exchange, grill room, saloon, shebeen, coffee house, eating house, canteen, restaurant, buffet, cafe, estaminet, posada, almshouse, poorhouse, townhouse, garden, park, pleasure ground, plaisance, demesne, cage, terrarium, doghouse, pen, aviary, barn, stall, zoo, urban, metropolitan, suburban, provincial, rural, rustic, domestic, cosmopolitan, palatial, eigner Hert ist goldes Werth, even cities have their graves, ubi libertas ibi patria, home sweet home.


VB fear, stand in awe of, be afraid, have qualms, apprehend, sit upon thorns, eye askance, distrust, hesitate, falter, funk, cower, crouch, skulk, let 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would' take fright, take alarm, start, wince, flinch, shy, shrink, fly, tremble, shake, shiver, shiver in one's shoes, shudder, flutter, shake like an aspen leaf, tremble like an aspen leaf, tremble all over, quake, quaver, quiver, quail, grow pale, turn pale, blench, stand aghast, not dare to say one's soul is one's own, inspire fear, excite fear, inspire awe, excite awe, raise apprehensions, be in a daze, bulldoze, faze, feeze, give an alarm, raise an alarm, sound an alarm, alarm, startle, scare, cry 'wolf', disquiet, dismay, fright, frighten, terrify, astound, fright from one's propriety, fright out of one's senses, fright out of one's wits, fright out of one's seven senses, awe, strike all of a heap, strike an awe into, strike terror, harrow up the soul, appall, unman, petrify, horrify, pile on the agony, make one's flesh creep, make one's hair stand on end, make one's blood run cold, make one's teeth chatter, take away one's breath, stop one's breath, make one tremble, haunt, prey on the mind, weigh on the mind, put in fear, put in bodily fear, terrorize, intimidate, cow, daunt, overawe, abash, deter, discourage, browbeat, bully, threaten.


VB be malevolent, bear spleen, harbor spleen, bear a grudge, harbor a grudge, bear malice, betray the cloven foot, show the cloven foot, hurt, annoy, injure, harm, wrong, do harm to, do an ill office to, outrage, disoblige, malign, plant a thorn in the breast, molest, worry, harass, haunt, harry, bait, tease, throw stones at, play the devil with, hunt down, dragoon, hound, persecute, oppress, grind, maltreat, illtreat, ill-use, wreak one's malice on, do one's worst, break a butterfly on the wheel, dip one's hands in blood, imbrue one's hands in blood, have no mercy.

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