* (l) (Scotland)
lean, angular and bony
, author=Joseph Jacobs
, title=The Fables of Aesop
, passage=A gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by.}}
haggard, drawn and emaciated
, author=Arthur Conan Doyle
, title=His Last Bow
, passage=In the dim light of a foggy November day the sick room was a gloomy spot, but it was that gaunt , wasted face staring at me from the bed which sent a chill to my heart.}}
bleak, barren and desolate
, author=William Hope Hodgson
, title=The House on the Borderland
, passage=Behind me, rose up, to an extraordinary height, gaunt , black cliffs. }}
* scraggy, scrawny, skinny
* (l) (Scotland)
To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).
- A couple of ghosts haunt the old, burnt-down house.
* Jonathan Swift
- You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house.
- those cares that haunt the court and town
To make uneasy, restless.
- Foul spirits haunt my resting place.
To stalk, to follow
- The memory of his past failures haunted him.
To live habitually; to stay, to remain.
* 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , John XI:
- The policeman haunted him, following him everywhere.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.x:
- Jesus therfore walked no more openly amonge the iewes: butt went his waye thence vnto a countre ny to a wildernes into a cite called effraym, and there haunted with his disciples.
To accustom; habituate; make accustomed to.
- yonder in that wastefull wildernesse / Huge monsters haunt , and many dangers dwell
To practise; to devote oneself to.
- Haunt thyself to pity.
To persist in staying or visiting.
- Leave honest pleasure, and haunt no good pastime.
- I've charged thee not to haunt about my doors.
A place at which one is regularly found; a hangout.
* 1868 , , "Kitty's Class Day":
* 1984 , Timothy Loughran and Natalie Angier, "
- Both Jack and Fletcher had graduated the year before, but still took an interest in their old haunts , and patronized the fellows who were not yet through.
Science: Striking It Rich in Wyoming," Time , 8 Oct.:
(dialect) A ghost.
* 1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 93:
- Wyoming has been a favorite haunt of paleontologists for the past century ever since westering pioneers reported that many vertebrate fossils were almost lying on the ground.
A feeding place for animals.
- ‘Harnts don't wander much ginerally,’ he said. ‘They hand round thar own buryin'-groun' mainly.’
[Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.]