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 blinded
Contemporary Examples of blinded
Or maybe they were blinded with excitement from witnessing a cameo by their hometown hero.Macklemore, the Grammy Winning Rapper, Is a 9/11 Truther Who Likes to Play Anti-Semitic Dress-Up
Emily Shire, Marlow Stern
May 20, 2014
But being born in the South “blinded him to the inherent wrong at the bottom of the system of Slavery,” Northup wrote.The ‘12 Years a Slave’ Book Shows Slavery As Even More Appalling Than In the Film
October 18, 2013
Many Palestinians believe that the U.S. has been deaf to their plight and blinded to the changing realities on the ground.Kerry’s Task: Close the Incredulity Gap
Joel Braunold, Ghaith al-Omari, Danielle Spiegel Feld
May 23, 2013
But the Russians are blinded by their insane superpower ambitions and their take from their heavily mythologized WWII history.How Russians Forget Their Own Past
April 3, 2013
Yet liberals can be blinded by ideology, and nowhere is this more true than in the debate over women in combat.The Truth About Women in Combat
March 1, 2013
Historical Examples of blinded
Carlotta's eyes were blinded for a moment by the glare of the house lights.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Still on their knees, the Huberts lifted their heads, blinded by their tears of joy.The Dream
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
- unable to see; sightless
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the blind
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for blind
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.
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