- blindman's buff,
Origin of blinding
adjective, blind·er, blind·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of blind
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for 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|Kevin Fallon|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After using her hands to clear her windpipe, she freed her eyes from the embers that were blinding her vision.
Farah channeled Hollywood's Golden Age as she rocked a full-length turquoise and blinding sparkles mermaid dress.
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’|Andrew Romano|September 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
You strive so hard to get the brass ring that when you get there, it can be blinding.
All I remember was a blinding cloud of dust and a gust of wind as our tunnel was blown in, and once more I was buried.Into the Jaws of Death|Jack O'Brien
Elizabeth dropped the reins and let her tears flow unchecked—hot, blinding tears, the bitterest she had ever shed.The Ordeal of Elizabeth|Elizabeth Von Arnim
The Colonel, too, was down a few paces off, and then came a blinding crash.Old Kensington|Miss Thackeray
Could man's wisdom at its best be anything more than a blinding folly?The Will to Doubt|Alfred H. Lloyd
Then came a terrific, blasting roar and blinding flash as if a huge gun had been set off quite close to them.The Boy Scouts at the Panama Canal|John Henry Goldfrap
- 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