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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
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  • Another chose three bats before he got one to suit him—this fellow was Kline, the bunter.

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

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  • If Mr. bunter was afraid of not keeping properly awake when on duty at night, that was another matter.

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  • Thus did the self-possessed bunter express himself with great disgust.

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

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  • Either Johns or bunter, or both, must have been driving her hard up Channel.

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  • The old stone of Chester Cathedral was a very red bunter sandstone, which decayed badly.

  • I led him without any delay into Mrs. bunter's private sitting-room.

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  • A long epoch must therefore have intervened between the laying down of the bunter and of the Keuper.

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  • The junction of the bunter and Keuper beds requires a short notice.

British Dictionary definitions for bunter

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 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.

n.

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

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