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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.

HAUNT, v., n. Also †hant; hunt (Abd. 1826 D. Anderson Poems 26). Sc. usages:

I. v. 1. To accustom; ppl.adj. hantit, wont, accustomed, familiar. Obs. exc. dial. in Eng. Arch.Sc.(E) 1913 H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ ii. x. 69:
What is hantit till be gien tae the lown-hertit sal be taen awa' frae the pridefu'.
Dundee 2000 Ellie McDonald Pathfinder 11:
Sangs fae the faur awa
are nocht tae you that 'ud
raither haud cannles
up til a hantit gless.

2. To frequent the company of, to fraternise with.Ayr. 1786 A. Edgar Old Church Life (1885) 338:
There is a vagrant woman called Agnes Wilson, of bad fame in the parish and places whence she came, who for more than six months past has been haunted and entertained by Elizabeth Black and George Wilson.

II. n. Custom, habit, practice (Ags., Kcb. 1956). Obs. in Eng. exc. dial.Wgt. 1877 "Saxon" Gall. Gossip 162:
As soon as he was out of the house he took a haunt to tell all about it.
Sc. 1887 Jam.:
Ye'll ne'er turn an auld cat fra ill hants.
Kcb. 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 324:
Than the lairds got inta a haunt o' takin English wifes.

Deriv.: †hantskip, hauntship, habitual residence, e.g. of a ghost.Bch. 1832 W. Scott Poems 24:
The evil spirit to his name rebuke, Took up a hantskip i' the fouk's peat nook.
Ags. 1882 Brechin Advertiser (26 Dec.) 3:
There wis a ghaist ca'd Jock Barefoot took up a hauntship aboot the kitchen nook.

[O.Sc. ha(u)nt, v., = to be accustomed to, esp. in pa.p. from 1470; n., habitual use, 1513.]

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"Haunt v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Sep 2022 <>



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