Origin of blinding
adjective, blind·er, blind·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of blind
Synonyms for blind
Antonyms for blind
Regional variation note
Related Words for blindinggarish, blatant, blazing, shining, blind, dim, darken, confuse, disguise, mask, muddy, overshadow, cover, camouflage, shroud, belie, blur, eclipse, misrepresent, veil
Examples from the Web for blinding
Contemporary Examples of blinding
After the blinding pain subsided, she realized that her crush was nowhere to be found.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love
November 18, 2014
After using her hands to clear her windpipe, she freed her eyes from the embers that were blinding her vision.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
Farah channeled Hollywood's Golden Age as she rocked a full-length turquoise and blinding sparkles mermaid dress.Gaza to Jersey: A Star is Born
November 25, 2013
It seems to me as if Carrie may be blaming the meds when actually the thing that was blinding her was her feelings for Brody.‘Homeland’ Showrunner: ‘We Knew We Had to Plot a New Course’
September 30, 2013
You strive so hard to get the brass ring that when you get there, it can be blinding.The Doors Never Sold Out to Crass Commercialism
September 27, 2013
Historical Examples of blinding
Night came on and with it a blinding snow storm and a raging wind.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
In one blinding rush he sensed the strength and the faith of Allister.Way of the Lawless
Words can give no idea of the scorching, blinding heat this August afternoon.The Roof of France
As he did so, the air seemed to split in two, there was a blinding rending crash.Slaves of Mercury
It was like a rapid, blinding flash of lightning in a leaden sky.Therese Raquin
- unable to see; sightless
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the blind
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for blind
1784, past participle adjective from blind (v.). Related: Blindingly.
Old English blind "blind," also "dark, enveloped in darkness, obscure; unintelligent, lacking mental perception," probably from West Germanic *blinda- "blind" (cf. Dutch and German blind, Old Norse blindr, Gothic blinds "blind"), perhaps, via notion of "to make cloudy, deceive," from an extended Germanic form of the PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)); cf. Lithuanian blendzas "blind," blesti "to become dark." The original sense, not of "sightless," but of "confused," perhaps underlies such phrases as blind alley (Chaucer's lanes blynde), which is older than the sense of "closed at one end" (1610s). In reference to doing something without seeing it first, by 1840. Of aviators flying without instruments or without clear observation, from 1919. Blindman's bluff is from 1580s.
The twilight, or rather the hour between the time when one can no longer see to read and the lighting of the candles, is commonly called blindman's holiday. [Grose, 1796]
Related: Blinded; blinding.
"deprive of sight," early 13c., from Old English blendan "to blind, deprive of sight; deceive," from Proto-Germanic *blandjan (see blind (adj.)); form influenced in Middle English by the adjective. Related: Blinded; blinding.
"a blind person; blind persons collectively," late Old Engish, from blind (adj.). Meaning "place of concealment" is from 1640s. Meaning "anything that obstructs sight" is from 1702.
In addition to the idioms beginning with blind
- blind alley
- blind as a bat
- blind leading the blind
- blind side
- blind spot
- fly blind
- rob someone blind
- turn a blind eye