Definitions for: Haunt

[n] a frequently visited place
[v] haunt like a ghost; pursue; "Fear of illness haunts her"
[v] recur constantly and spontaneously to

Webster (1913) Definition: Haunt (?; 277), v. 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). [root]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.

Those cares that haunt the court and town. --Swift.

2. To inhabit or frequent as a specter; to visit as a ghost
or apparition.

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.

4. To accustom; to habituate. [Obs.]

Haunt thyself to pity. --Wyclif.

Haunt, v. i.
To persist in staying or visiting.

I've charged thee not to haunt about my doors. --Shak.

Haunt, n.
1. A place to which one frequently resorts; as, drinking
saloons are the haunts of tipplers; a den is the haunt of
wild beasts.

Note: In Old English the place occupied by any one as a
dwelling or in his business was called a haunt.

Note: 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.

3. Practice; skill. [Obs.]

Of clothmaking she hadde such an haunt. --Chaucer.

Synonyms: ghost, hangout, obsess, repair, resort, stalk, stamping ground

See Also: area, country, follow, gathering place, preoccupy, pursue

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