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.

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

Related Words for blindfold

curtain, mask, blinder, cover, cloak, camouflage, front, trap, facade, veil, blinker, bluff, hood, shade, flab

Examples from the Web for blindfold

Contemporary Examples of blindfold

Historical Examples of blindfold

  • When we halt for our noon camp, miss, I will have to blindfold you, and bind your hands.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer

    Colonel Prentiss Ingraham

  • And the young lady knowing the path, so that she'd be walking it blindfold in the dark!

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • Am I to believe you could find that backway you spoke of blindfold, like this?

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • "Blindfold 'em, lads," he cried, and turned me sharply round.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • You may halt a bit to get your breath, but nobody is to touch his or her blindfold.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for blindfold


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

having the eyes covered with a cloth or bandage
chess not seeing the board and pieces
rash; inconsiderate

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

1520s, alteration, by similarity to fold, of blindfelled (early 14c.), past participle of blindfellan "blindfold, cover the eyes (with a bandage, etc.)," also "to strike blind" (c.1200), from Old English (ge)blindfellian "to strike blind," from blind (adj.) + Anglian gefeollan "to strike down," as in to fell a tree (see fell (v.)). Related: Blindfolded; blindfolding.


1880, from blindfold (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper