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stunt1

[stuhnt] /stʌnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
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.
noun
2.
a stop or hindrance in growth or development.
3.
arrested development.
4.
a plant or animal hindered from attaining its proper growth.
5.
Plant Pathology. a disease of plants, characterized by a dwarfing or stunting of the plant.
Origin of stunt1
1575-1585
1575-85; v. use of dial. stunt dwarfed, stubborn (Middle English; Old English: stupid); cognate with Middle High German stunz, Old Norse stuttr short; akin to stint1
Related forms
stuntingly, adverb
stunty, adjective

stunt2

[stuhnt] /stʌnt/
noun
1.
a performance displaying a person's skill or dexterity, as in athletics; feat:
an acrobatic stunt.
2.
any remarkable feat performed chiefly to attract attention:
The kidnapping was said to be a publicity stunt.
verb (used without object)
3.
to do a stunt or stunts.
4.
Television Slang. to add specials, miniseries, etc., to a schedule of programs, especially so as to increase ratings.
verb (used with object)
5.
to use in doing stunts:
to stunt an airplane.
Origin
1890-95, Americanism; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for stunts
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  • The boys were doing all sorts of stunts, when suddenly Fred called Randy to one side.

  • I had had enough of seeing a girl do stunts that stopped my blood.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • A gentlemanly fighting machine was doing "stunts" over by Serray and there was no sign of an enemy.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
  • You ran for the Captain and did all sorts of stunts we couldn't have done.

    Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Folks coming all the way from Leonardville, Pennsylvania, to see him do stunts and he sitting on the bench all the time!

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for stunts

stunt1

/stʌnt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to prevent or impede the growth or development of (a plant, animal, etc)
noun
2.
the act or an instance of stunting
3.
a person, animal, or plant that has been stunted
Derived Forms
stunted, adjective
stuntedness, noun
Word Origin
C17 (as vb: to check the growth of): perhaps from C15 stont of short duration, from Old English stunt simple, foolish; sense probably influenced by Old Norse stuttr short in stature, dwarfed

stunt2

/stʌnt/
noun
1.
an acrobatic, dangerous, or spectacular action
2.
an acrobatic or dangerous piece of action in a film or television programme
3.
anything spectacular or unusual done to gain publicity
verb
4.
(intransitive) to perform a stunt or stunts
Word Origin
C19: US student slang, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for stunts

stunt

v.

"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.

n.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for stunts

stunt

noun

Act; bit of behavior; thing to do: vulgar ''stunts'' designed to be easily comprehended and greedily relished (1878+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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