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bunt1

[buhnt] /bʌnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
(of a goat or calf) to push with the horns or head; butt.
2.
Baseball. to bat (a pitched ball) very gently so that it rolls into the infield close to home plate, usually by holding the bat loosely in hands spread apart and allowing the ball to bounce off it.
verb (used without object)
3.
to push (something) with the horns or head.
4.
Baseball. to bunt a ball.
noun
5.
a push with the head or horns; butt.
6.
Baseball.
  1. the act of bunting.
  2. a bunted ball.
Origin of bunt1
1760-1770
1760-70; orig. British dial. (Central and S England): push, strike; of obscure origin
Related forms
bunter, noun

bunt2

[buhnt] /bʌnt/
noun
1.
Nautical. the middle part of a square sail.
2.
the bagging part of a fishing net or bagging middle area of various cloth objects.
Origin
First recorded in 1575-85; origin uncertain

bunt3

[buhnt] /bʌnt/
noun, Plant Pathology.
1.
a smut disease of wheat in which the kernels are replaced by the black, foul-smelling spores of fungi of the genus Tilletia.
Also called stinking smut.
Origin
First recorded in 1595-1605; earlier, puffball; of uncertain origin
Related forms
bunted, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bunt
Historical Examples
  • The name is from German, bunt, meaning variegated or gay colored.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley
  • And if you say that again, I'll bunt you up against the wall.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • The men on the yard who gather in the bunt when furling sails.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Also, of the man who comes down a stay, &c., to tar it; or foots the bunt in.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Frank believed Mertez would try to bunt, and he kept the ball high.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • Martin at the bunt stood on the truss and clutched the chain sling.

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace
  • Well, I hope you will be successful in your bunt; and so, good-bye till tomorrow.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
  • Then followed a bunt, and while Dan Baxter fumbled with the ball Jack got to first.

    The Putnam Hall Rivals Arthur M. Winfield
  • Stock followed with a bunt that Denton slipped down on as he ran in for it.

  • Now Bossy liked to bunt, too; so when the ran at her she put her down and ran at him!

    Mary's Little Lamb Edith Francis Foster
British Dictionary definitions for bunt

bunt1

/bʌnt/
verb
1.
(of an animal) to butt (something) with the head or horns
2.
to cause (an aircraft) to fly in part of an inverted loop or (of an aircraft) to fly in such a loop
3.
(US & Canadian) (in baseball) to hit (a pitched ball) very gently
noun
4.
the act or an instance of bunting
Word Origin
C19: perhaps nasalized variant of butt³

bunt2

/bʌnt/
noun
1.
(nautical) the baggy centre of a fishing net or other piece of fabric, such as a square sail
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Middle Low German buntbundle

bunt3

/bʌnt/
noun
1.
a disease of cereal plants caused by smut fungi (genus Tilletia)
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bunt
v.

1825, "to strike with the head or horns," perhaps an alteration of butt (v.) with a goat in mind, or a survival from Middle English bounten "to return." As a baseball term from 1889. Related: Bunted; bunting.

n.

1767, "a push;" see bunt (v.). Baseball sense is from 1889.

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