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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 formsblind·ing·ly, adverbblind·ness, nounhalf-blind, adjectivehalf-blind·ly, adverbhalf-blind·ness, nounqua·si-blind, adjectivequa·si-blind·ly, adverbself-blind·ed, adjective

Synonyms for blind

4. irrational, uncritical, rash, thoughtless, unreasoning. 8. concealed. 28. hiding place, ambush.

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.

Antonyms for blind

Regional variation note

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

Examples from the Web for blinded

Contemporary Examples of blinded

Historical Examples of blinded

  • Carlotta's eyes were blinded for a moment by the glare of the house lights.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Still on their knees, the Huberts lifted their heads, blinded by their tears of joy.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • An evil spirit has been among us, and the Delaware has blinded our eyes.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Half the time they were blinded by the smoke and blaze of the firing.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • Blinded by his own hand, he wandered away into the wilderness.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew

    Josephine Preston Peabody

British Dictionary definitions for blinded



  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
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Word Origin and History for blinded

1590s, past participle adjective from blind (v.). Figurative sense is earlier (1530s).



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

blinded in Medicine




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 blinded


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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