- 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
Related Wordscurtain, mask, blinder, cover, cloak, camouflage, front, trap, facade, veil, blinker, blindfold, bluff, hood, shade, flab
Examples from the Web for blindfold
Whenever I left the room I had ear muffs, handcuffs and a blindfold placed upon me.What It’s Like to Be Snatched by the Delta Force
October 9, 2014
Marie Fontenot was wearing a blindfold on the gruesome videotape that Rust found in Billy Lee Tuttle's safe.
Dora Lange was wearing a blindfold when she was discovered in a prayer position at the base of that tree.
“It was this idea of prayer, and one of the necessities of the prayer pose being the blindfold,” he explained.‘True Detective’s’ Godless Universe: Is the HBO Show Anti-Christian?
March 6, 2014
In the morning his brother, who had been sleeping in an adjoining room, found him and removed the blindfold and cuffs.‘We Killed Sushmita Banerjee’ Says Renegade Taliban Militia
Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
September 14, 2013
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
"Blindfold 'em, lads," he cried, and turned me sharply round.Romance
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
- 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
- having the eyes covered with a cloth or bandage
- chess not seeing the board and pieces
- rash; inconsiderate
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.).