I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French hanter, probably from Old Norse heimta to lead home, pull, claim, from heimr home Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to visit often ; frequent b. to continually seek the company of 2. 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
3. to visit or inhabit as a ghost intransitive verb 1. to stay around or persist ; linger 2. to appear habitually as a ghost • haunter nounhauntingly adverb II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a place habitually frequented 2. chiefly dialect ghost

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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