Origin of blinder
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 blinder
Contemporary Examples of blinder
Stiglitz, Akerlof, Krugman, and Blinder would all be much better.Will We Double-Dip?
August 6, 2011
Historical Examples of blinder
It is as if I'd been blind all the time I have known you, blind to the truth of you and blinder still to my own truth.A Spirit in Prison
Are we moles, and blinder than moles, that we should continually be made the dupes of these women?
"Wildfire, I got a rope on you—an' a hackamore—an' a blinder," said Slone.
"Blinder motions," Less rational, less well-guided emotions.
No, oh, no; for then she would be deafer and dumber and blinder than she was before.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- 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