haunting

noun
haunt·​ing | \ ˈhȯn-tiŋ How to pronounce haunting (audio) , ˈhän- \
plural hauntings

Definition of haunting

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: an act of haunting especially : visitation or inhabitation by a ghost … its early history is replete with drama: duels, murders, shipwrecks, … even ghostly hauntings. — Sally Gibson When asked about hauntings on Tuesday's tour, [Albert] Walavich said he knew he would get a question about ghosts on Halloween, but he doesn't believe any haunt the grounds. — Taylor Hartz

haunting

adjective

Definition of haunting (Entry 2 of 3)

: having qualities (such as sadness or beauty) that linger in the memory : not easily forgotten a haunting melody haunting images … pale, branchless tree trunks with a haunting, Georgia O'Keeffe quality …— Susannah Master

haunting

Definition of haunting (Entry 3 of 3)

present participle of haunt entry 1

First Known Use of haunting

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haunting

Noun

Middle English, "frequenting a place, dwelling place," from haunten "to frequent, haunt entry 1" + -ing -ing entry 1

Adjective

from present participle of haunt entry 1

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“Haunting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haunting. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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haunting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of haunting

: sad or beautiful in a way that is difficult to forget

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