verb \ˈhnt, ˈhänt\

of a ghost : to visit or live in (a place)

: to eventually cause problems for (someone) as time passes

: to keep coming back to the mind of (someone) especially in a way that makes the person sad or upset

Full Definition of HAUNT

transitive verb
a :  to visit often :  frequent
b :  to continually seek the company of
a :  to have a disquieting or harmful effect on :  trouble <problems we ignore now will come back to haunt us>
b :  to recur constantly and spontaneously to <the tune haunted her>
c :  to reappear continually in <a sense of tension that haunts his writing>
:  to visit or inhabit as a ghost
intransitive verb
:  to stay around or persist :  linger
:  to appear habitually as a ghost
haunt·er noun
haunt·ing·ly \ˈhn-tiŋ-lē, ˈhän-\ adverb

Examples of HAUNT

  1. Some people believe that the ghost of an old sea captain haunts the beach.
  2. If you ignore the problem, it will come back to haunt you.
  3. Their failure to plan ahead is now coming back to haunt them.
  4. The tune haunted me all day.

Origin of HAUNT

Middle English, from Anglo-French hanter, probably from Old Norse heimta to lead home, pull, claim, from heimr home
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with HAUNT


noun \ˈhnt, ˈhänt, 2 is usually ˈhant\

: a place that you go to often

Full Definition of HAUNT

:  a place habitually frequented
chiefly dialect :  ghost

Examples of HAUNT

  1. The restaurant became one of her favorite haunts.
  2. <one of their favorite after-school haunts is Joe's Pizza>

First Known Use of HAUNT

14th century


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