- vt. 常出没于…；萦绕于…；经常去…
- vi. 出没；作祟
- n. 栖息地；常去的地方
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1. 形近易混单词：haunt, gaunt, daunt.
2. h(ome) + aunt. (小龙女姑姑的家).
- haunt:  Etymologically, a ghost that haunts a building is only using the place as its ‘home’. The word’s distant ancestor is the prehistoric Germanic verb *khaimatjan, a derivative of the noun *khaimaz (source of English home). This was borrowed by Old French as hanter ‘frequent a place’, and passed on to English as haunt. Its main modern supernatural meaning did not develop until the 16th century (the first records of this sense come in Shakespeare’s plays).
- haunt (v.)
- early 13c., "to practice habitually, busy oneself with, take part in," from Old French hanter "to frequent, resort to, be familiar with" (12c.), probably from Old Norse heimta "bring home," from Proto-Germanic *haimatjanan "to go or bring home," from *haimaz- "home" (see home (n.)). Meaning "to frequent (a place)" is c. 1300 in English. Use in reference to a spirit returning to the house where it had lived perhaps was in Proto-Germanic, but it was reinforced by Shakespeare's plays, and it is first recorded 1590 in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
- haunt (n.)
- c. 1300, "place frequently visited," also in Middle English, "a habit, custom" (early 14c.), from haunt (v.) in its original sense of "to practice habitually." The meaning "spirit that haunts a place, ghost" is first recorded 1843, originally in stereotypical U.S. black speech, from the later meaning of the verb.
- 1. The place is the haunt of off-duty policemen.
- 2. The area was a haunt of criminals.
- 3. They say ghosts haunt this house.
- 4. People say ghosts haunt that old house.
- 5. The college library is a favorite haunt.
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