[ 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.

Origin of blindfold

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


un·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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