Definitions starting with H

ID #2016

haunt, hant

/hant/ v. 1. [cf. Scots hunt to frequent CSD; cf. US dial. South hunt to haunt DARE] (of spirits) to haunt: 1918 Remarriage within a month or so might involve "hanting" by the deceased (Parsons 165). (Eleu., Mayag.)

2. (of food) to cause indigestion or nightmares: If you eat food late at night, it will hant you (San Sal.) cf. RIDE2, LAY ON YOUR CHEST (Black)

-n. [cf. Gul. "Restless spirits are called haunts that come back to harass the living" (Writers' Program 1940:50); also US Black (Davis 1914: 248)] a ghost: 1918 "Speerits" or "hants" (Parsons 50). (Black)

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Last update: 2010-10-02 02:02
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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