adjective, blind·er, blind·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of blind
Synonyms for blind
Antonyms for blind
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for blindingly
Contemporary Examples of blindingly
First, and most blindingly obvious, we don't have a debt crisis, and we don't need immediate austerity.Still Saying No to Ryan 3.0
March 14, 2013
Even his smile, which he flashes often and to everyone, is blindingly white.Weeds’s Hunter Parrish: The Final Seasons and Those Shirtless Scenes
July 1, 2012
A trio of blindingly bright sneaker wedges sat in a glass counter in a pool of light.Summer’s Ugliest Trend? Sneaker Wedges Should Be Banned!
May 30, 2012
Had Palin made a remark so blindingly ignorant, she would have been rightfully mocked as a novice and an incompetent.James Kirchick on How Biden Gets it Wrong (Again) in Newsweek
December 21, 2011
And it isn't the first time his blindingly bright future has been jeopardized by his own mistakes.Can DSK Still Be French President?
July 1, 2011
Historical Examples of blindingly
It was one of those rare flashes of his—rare, but blindingly brilliant.A Great Man
Within the blaze may be blindingly bright, but nevertheless it is unseen.A Short History of the World
H. G. Wells
By this time the storm had grown so blindingly thick that we could see but a few yards in any direction.When Life Was Young
C. A. Stephens
They were fairly running now, but the darkness was settling fast and a fork of lightning 113darted blindingly across their path.Anything Once
The sunlight was blindingly in his eyes, so that he scarcely saw her face when he lifted her from the saddle.The Eddy
Clarence L. Cullen
- unable to see; sightless
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the blind
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for blind
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