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bunt1

[buhnt]
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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)
  1. to push (something) with the horns or head.
  2. Baseball. to bunt a ball.
noun
  1. a push with the head or horns; butt.
  2. Baseball.
    1. the act of bunting.
    2. a bunted ball.

Origin of bunt1

1760–70; orig. British dial. (Central and S England): push, strike; of obscure origin
Related formsbunt·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for bunter

Historical Examples

  • Bunter was very sensitive; he left her rather brusquely at the last.

    Tales Of Hearsay

    Joseph Conrad

  • For Mr. Bunter was ill, and could not leave his berth for a good many days.

    Tales Of Hearsay

    Joseph Conrad

  • Of course, Mr. Bunter, the mate of the Sapphire, was not black.

    Tales Of Hearsay

    Joseph Conrad

  • Bunter's hair was absolutely black, black as a raven's wing.

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    Joseph Conrad

  • Well, can you give us your account of this accident, Mr. Bunter?

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    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for bunter

bunt1

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 and Canadian (in baseball) to hit (a pitched ball) very gently
noun
  1. the act or an instance of bunting

Word Origin

C19: perhaps nasalized variant of butt ³

bunt2

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 bunt bundle

bunt3

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 bunter

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.

bunt

n.

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

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