Origin of blinder
adjective, blind·er, blind·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of blind
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for blinder
Stiglitz, Akerlof, Krugman, and Blinder would all be much better.
My blinder was removed, and I found myself in a pleasant room some fifteen feet square.Life in the Grey Nunnery at Montreal|Sarah J Richardson
Deerfoot easily eluded the strokes, which were blinder than usual, for Taggarak was beside himself with passion.Deerfoot in The Mountains|Edward S. Ellis
African fetich is no blinder than such baseless adoration performed by an intelligent people.Due West|Maturin Murray Ballou
Had you been as hard upon me as you were amiable, I try to tell myself I should have been no blinder to the merits of your notice.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
I calk'late we never fetched a harder pull, no, nor a blinder one.Cape Cod Folks|Sarah P. McLean Greene
- unable to see; sightless
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the blind
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for blind
1580s, agent noun from blind (v.). Especially of blinkers for horses from c.1800, often figurative. Related: Blinders.
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