Nearby words

  1. blimey,
  2. blimp,
  3. blimp out,
  4. blimpish,
  5. blin,
  6. blind alley,
  7. blind as a bat,
  8. blind blocking,
  9. blind carbon copy,
  10. blind casing


    fly blind. fly1(def 34).

Origin of blind

before 1000; (adj.) Middle English blind, Old English; cognate with Gothic blinds, Old Norse blindr, German, Dutch blind (< Germanic *blindaz, perhaps akin to blend; original sense uncertain); (v.) Middle English blinden, derivative of the adj.

Related forms

Synonym study

1. Blind, stone-blind, purblind mean unable to see. Blind means unable to see with the physical eyes. Stone-blind emphasizes complete blindness. Purblind refers to weakened vision, literally or figuratively. 25. See curtain.

Regional variation note

27. See window shade. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blind

British Dictionary definitions for blind



  1. unable to see; sightless
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the blind
(usually foll by to) unable or unwilling to understand or discern
not based on evidence or determined by reasonblind hatred
acting or performed without control or preparation
done without being able to see, relying on instruments for information
hidden from sighta blind corner; a blind stitch
closed at one enda blind alley
completely lacking awareness or consciousnessa blind stupor
informal very drunk
having no openings or outletsa blind wall
without having been seen beforehanda blind purchase
(of cultivated plants) having failed to produce flowers or fruits
(intensifier)not a blind bit of notice
turn a blind eye to disregard deliberately or pretend not to notice (something, esp an action of which one disapproves)


without being able to see ahead or using only instrumentsto drive blind; flying blind
without adequate knowledge or information; carelesslyto buy a house blind
(intensifier) (in the phrase blind drunk)
bake blind to bake (the empty crust of a pie, pastry, etc) by half filling with dried peas, crusts of bread, etc, to keep it in shape

verb (mainly tr)

to deprive of sight permanently or temporarily
to deprive of good sense, reason, or judgment
to darken; conceal
(foll by with) to overwhelm by showing detailed knowledgeto blind somebody with science
(intr) British slang to drive very fast
(intr) British slang to curse (esp in the phrase effing and blinding)


(modifier) for or intended to help blind and partially sighted peoplea blind school
a shade for a window, usually on a roller
any obstruction or hindrance to sight, light, or air
a person, action, or thing that serves to deceive or conceal the truth
a person who acts on behalf of someone who does not wish his identity or actions to be known
Also called: blinder British old-fashioned, slang a drunken orgy; binge
poker a stake put up by a player before he examines his cards
hunting, mainly US and Canadian a screen of brush or undergrowth, in which hunters hide to shoot their quarryBrit name: hide
military a round or demolition charge that fails to explode
Derived Formsblindly, adverbblindness, noun

Word Origin for blind

Old English blind; related to Old Norse blindr, Old High German blint; Lettish blendu to see dimly; see blunder


It is preferable to avoid using phrases such as the blind . Instead you should talk about blind and partially sighted people

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for blind
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for blind




Unable to see; without useful sight.
Having a maximal visual acuity of the better eye, after correction by refractive lenses, of one-tenth normal vision or less (20/200 or less on the Snellen test).
Of, relating to, or for sightless persons.
Closed at one end, as a tube or sac.
Related formsblindness n.

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Idioms and Phrases with blind


In addition to the idioms beginning with blind

  • blind alley
  • blind as a bat
  • blind leading the blind
  • blind side
  • blind spot

also see:

  • fly blind
  • rob someone blind
  • turn a blind eye
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