- nearly or partially blind; dim-sighted.
- slow or deficient in understanding, imagination, or vision.
- Obsolete. totally blind.
Origin of purblind
Examples from the Web for purblind
Shift has invoked Tash, a vulture-headed demonic power, only because he is too purblind actually to believe in him.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley
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By agreement of all but the purblind and the paradoxer, Shakespeare.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
When she had gone, Mrs. Purblind and I breathed more freely.
Mrs. Purblind insists I did not do that, exactly, but that I got rid of her.
“Well, this life is too much for me,” murmured Mrs. Purblind drearily.
Where Peel was strong and penetrating, Palmerston was weak and purblind.
- partly or nearly blind
- lacking in insight or understanding; obtuse
Word Origin and History for purblind
c.1300, pur blind "entirely blind," as a noun, "a blind person," later "partially blind, blind in one eye" (late 14c.), the main modern sense, from blind (adj.). The first element is sometimes explained as pure (adj.), or as the Anglo-French perfective prefix pur- (see pur-). Sense of "dull" first recorded 1530s.
- Having poor vision; nearly or partly blind.
- Slow in understanding or discernment; dull.