- to stop, slow down, or hinder the growth or development of; dwarf: A harsh climate stunted the trees. Brutal treatment in childhood stunted his personality.
- a stop or hindrance in growth or development.
- arrested development.
- a plant or animal hindered from attaining its proper growth.
- Plant Pathology. a disease of plants, characterized by a dwarfing or stunting of the plant.
Origin of stunt1
- a performance displaying a person's skill or dexterity, as in athletics; feat: an acrobatic stunt.
- any remarkable feat performed chiefly to attract attention: The kidnapping was said to be a publicity stunt.
- to do a stunt or stunts.
- Television Slang. to add specials, miniseries, etc., to a schedule of programs, especially so as to increase ratings.
- to use in doing stunts: to stunt an airplane.
Origin of stunt2
Examples from the Web for stunting
But all this tends, as in Isaacs case, to the stunting of the man himself.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Genesis
This stunting of the race begins with the education of the child.The Case For India
In 1942, a very definite case of wilting and stunting was noted in cabbage plants growing in the vicinity of a black walnut tree.
From these field and laboratory studies, it was concluded that the wilting and stunting were not produced by a plant pathogen.
The phenomena observed in the stunting, or degeneration, of parts rendered useless, point to the same conclusion.On Germinal Selection as a Source of Definite Variation
- (tr) to prevent or impede the growth or development of (a plant, animal, etc)
- the act or an instance of stunting
- a person, animal, or plant that has been stunted
- an acrobatic, dangerous, or spectacular action
- an acrobatic or dangerous piece of action in a film or television programme
- anything spectacular or unusual done to gain publicity
- (intr) to perform a stunt or stunts
Word Origin and History for stunting
"check in growth, dwarf," 1650s, verb use of Middle English adjective stunnt "foolish," from Old English stunt "short-witted, foolish" (cf. stuntspræc "foolish talk"), from Proto-Germanic *stuntaz (cf. Old Norse stuttr "short"), from the root of stump. Related: Stunted; stunting.
"feat to attract attention," 1878, American English college sports slang, of uncertain origin. Speculated to be a variant of colloq. stump "dare, challenge" (1871), or of German stunde, literally "hour." The movie stunt man is attested from 1930.