[ blahynd-fohld ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to prevent or occlude sight by covering (the eyes) with a cloth, bandage, or the like; cover the eyes of.

  2. to impair the awareness or clear thinking of: Don't let their hospitality blindfold you to the true purpose of their invitation.

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

  1. with the eyes covered: a blindfold test.

  2. rash; unthinking: a blindfold denunciation before knowing the facts.

Origin of blindfold

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

Other words from blindfold

  • un·blind·fold·ed, adjective

Words Nearby blindfold Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use blindfold in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for blindfold


/ (ˈblaɪndˌfəʊld) /

  1. to prevent (a person or animal) from seeing by covering (the eyes)

  2. to prevent from perceiving or understanding

  1. a piece of cloth, bandage, etc, used to cover the eyes

  2. any interference to sight

adjective, adverb
  1. having the eyes covered with a cloth or bandage

  2. chess not seeing the board and pieces

  1. rash; inconsiderate

Origin of blindfold

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

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