adjective, blind·er, blind·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of blind
Synonyms for blind
Antonyms for blind
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for blind
Contemporary Examples of blind
The numbers reinforce another article in the Post, in which cops confessed to “turning a blind eye” to minor crimes.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
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
December 23, 2014
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
December 15, 2014
Strandf could photograph anything from a blind woman to a picket fence and make the image indelible.The Best Gift Books of 2014
December 12, 2014
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.Dems, It’s Time to Dump Dixie
December 8, 2014
Historical Examples of blind
If he made me blind, may he not easily have bewildered her, and have been himself bewildered?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
She was blind and paralyzed, and on the extreme verge of eternity.
"It wouldn't do, sir, for the blind to be anxious," she replied.
A regret for the mistakes of yesterday must not, however, blind us to the tasks of today.
Other ways have been sought, and have been found no more than blind alleys.The Conquest of Fear
- 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