adjective, blind·er, blind·est.
verb (used with object)
- blimp out,
- blind alley,
- blind as a bat,
- blind blocking,
- blind carbon copy,
- blind casing
Origin of blind
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for blind
The numbers reinforce another article in the Post, in which cops confessed to “turning a blind eye” to minor crimes.
What designer West lacks in productivity, he more than makes up for in pure, unadulterated confidence and blind anger.Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Balmain Campaign: High Fashion Meets Low Culture|Amy Zimmerman|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sandra Bullock won for ‘The Blind Side’ and Al Pacino lost for both Godfather movies.Exclusive: Aaron Sorkin Thinks Male Film Roles Have Bigger ‘Degree of Difficulty’ Than Female Ones|William Boot|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Strandf could photograph anything from a blind woman to a picket fence and make the image indelible.
It was like witnessing the last two weeks of the life of a blind and toothless dog you knew the vet was just itching to destroy.
Many say that the use of opium is no evil, but those who say that have never known India, or else they are blind.Letters of a Javanese Princess|Raden Adjeng Kartini
Justice is blind for the reason that some lawyers would give her a pain if she could see them.The Silly Syclopedia|Noah Lott
So spoke the “Puritans” of Arkansas, blind to their own especial blemish.The Fatal Cord|Mayne Reid
Other blind species are found in foreign waters, while others with small eyes are found in American waters.
Presently she drew aside curtain and blind and looked out of the window.In the Wilderness|Robert Hichens
- unable to see; sightless
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the blind
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for blind
Old English blind "blind," also "dark, enveloped in darkness, obscure; unintelligent, lacking mental perception," probably from West Germanic *blinda- "blind" (cf. Dutch and German blind, Old Norse blindr, Gothic blinds "blind"), perhaps, via notion of "to make cloudy, deceive," from an extended Germanic form of the PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)); cf. Lithuanian blendzas "blind," blesti "to become dark." The original sense, not of "sightless," but of "confused," perhaps underlies such phrases as blind alley (Chaucer's lanes blynde), which is older than the sense of "closed at one end" (1610s). In reference to doing something without seeing it first, by 1840. Of aviators flying without instruments or without clear observation, from 1919. Blindman's bluff is from 1580s.
The twilight, or rather the hour between the time when one can no longer see to read and the lighting of the candles, is commonly called blindman's holiday. [Grose, 1796]
Related: Blinded; blinding.
"deprive of sight," early 13c., from Old English blendan "to blind, deprive of sight; deceive," from Proto-Germanic *blandjan (see blind (adj.)); form influenced in Middle English by the adjective. Related: Blinded; blinding.
"a blind person; blind persons collectively," late Old Engish, from blind (adj.). Meaning "place of concealment" is from 1640s. Meaning "anything that obstructs sight" is from 1702.
In addition to the idioms beginning with blind
- blind alley
- blind as a bat
- blind leading the blind
- blind side
- blind spot
- fly blind
- rob someone blind
- turn a blind eye