- Football. to kick (a dropped ball) before it touches the ground.
- to propel (a small boat) by thrusting against the bottom of a lake or stream, especially with a pole.
- to convey in or as if in a punt.
- to punt a football.
- to propel a boat by thrusting a pole against the bottom of a river, stream, or lake.
- to travel or have an outing in a punt.
- Informal. to equivocate or delay: If they ask you for exact sales figures, you'll have to punt.
Origin of punt1
- Cards. to lay a stake against the bank, as at faro.
- Slang. to gamble, especially to bet on horse races or other sporting events.
- Cards. a person who lays a stake against the bank.
Origin of punt2
- a monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 pence; Irish pound.
Origin of punt3
Origin of punt4
- an ancient Egyptian name of an area not absolutely identified but believed to be Somaliland.
Examples from the Web for punt
Punt Return Brings 49ers Closer How did San Francisco score so much in such little time, you ask?15 Best Moments of the 2013 Super Bowl (VIDEO)
February 4, 2013
If you thought Lucy was going to get into the Thanksgiving spirit and finally let Charlie Brown punt that football, think again.‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Roseanne’ & More Classic Thanksgiving Episodes (VIDEO)
Shannon Donnelly, The Daily Beast Video
November 22, 2012
For you, Saturn trining Neptune is a wake-up call to document ideas, first, and then punt them out into the universe.The Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 29, 2011
And yet when confronted with a bona fide epidemic in its southern desert, Arizona has chosen to punt.Arizona's Immigrant Death Spiral
July 28, 2010
But, as you are fond of games of chance, I advise you never to punt.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Muscle was needed for the punt; nothing but wit could save the schooner.
He leaped from the deck of the Black Eagle into his own punt in a greater rage than ever.
With that the fisherman turned his punt about and made off for the shore.
They reached the bank and walked across the punt into the house-boat.An Old Meerschaum
David Christie Murray
- an open flat-bottomed boat with square ends, propelled by a poleSee quant 1
- to propel (a boat, esp a punt) by pushing with a pole on the bottom of a river, etc
- a kick in certain sports, such as rugby, in which the ball is released and kicked before it hits the ground
- any long high kick
- to kick (a ball, etc) using a punt
- (intr) to gamble; bet
- a gamble or bet, esp against the bank, as in roulette, or on horses
- Also called: punter a person who bets
- take a punt at Australian and NZ informal to have an attempt or try at (something)
- (formerly) the Irish pound
Word Origin and History for punt
"kick," 1845; see punt (v.).
"flat-bottomed river boat," late Old English punt, perhaps an ancient survival of British Latin ponto "flat-bottomed boat" (see OED), a kind of Gallic transport (Caesar), also "floating bridge" (Gellius), from Latin pontem (nominative pons) "bridge" (see pontoon). Or from or influenced by Old French cognate pont "large, flat boat."
"to kick a ball dropped from the hands before it hits the ground," 1845, first in a Rugby list of football rules, perhaps from dialectal punt "to push, strike," alteration of Midlands dialect bunt "to push, butt with the head," of unknown origin, perhaps echoic. Student slang meaning "give up, drop a course so as not to fail," 1970s, is because a U.S. football team punts when it cannot advance the ball. Related: Punted; punting.