[ blahynd-fohld ]
/ ˈblaɪndˌfoʊld /

verb (used with object)

to prevent or occlude sight by covering (the eyes) with a cloth, bandage, or the like; cover the eyes of.
to impair the awareness or clear thinking of: Don't let their hospitality blindfold you to the true purpose of their invitation.


a cloth or bandage put before the eyes to prevent seeing.


with the eyes covered: a blindfold test.
rash; unthinking: a blindfold denunciation before knowing the facts.

Nearby words

  1. blindcat,
  2. blinded,
  3. blinder,
  4. blinders,
  5. blindfish,
  6. blindfolded,
  7. blindheim,
  8. blinding,
  9. blindingly,
  10. blindly

Origin of blindfold

1520–30; alteration, by association with fold1, of blindfell to cover the eyes, strike blind, Middle English blindfellen; see blind, fell2

Related formsun·blind·fold·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blindfold


/ (ˈblaɪndˌfəʊld) /

verb (tr)

to prevent (a person or animal) from seeing by covering (the eyes)
to prevent from perceiving or understanding


a piece of cloth, bandage, etc, used to cover the eyes
any interference to sight

adjective, adverb

Word Origin for blindfold

changed (C16) through association with fold 1 from Old English blindfellian to strike blind; see blind, fell ²

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Word Origin and History for blindfold
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