adjective, blind·er, blind·est.
verb (used with object)
- blimp out,
- blind alley,
- blind as a bat,
- blind blocking,
- blind carbon copy,
- blind casing
Origin of blind
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for blindness
They had overcome everything from religious persecution to blindness to crushing family responsibilities.
And then bigger things, like helping to curse his rival with blindness.There’s Something About Rosemary’s Baby: Rereading Ira Levin’s 1967 Novel|Stefan Beck|November 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Blindness By José Saramago Saramago once said that his work was about the “possibility of the impossible.”Karen Thompson Walker’s Favorite ‘What If?’ Books: Book Bag|Karen Thompson Walker|July 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It seems significant that this is a memoir not “of” blindness.Blindness as a Way of Seeing: Candia McWilliam’s Powerful Memoir|Lucy Scholes|April 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Ultimately, is some form of blindness necessary to hold all societies together?
He was enraged at her blindness to Pete Cheever's duplicity or her complacency with it.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
One can scarce (scarcely) help smiling at the blindness of this critic.Practical Exercises in English|Huber Gray Buehler
Her blindness is the merest fable; she can espy her favourites long before they are born.The Way of All Flesh|Samuel Butler
Like theirs, also, it had beauty in its blindness—the beauty that lies in every pure unselfishness.Under Two Flags|Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
She is of a long-suffering race, and thou wilt not desert her to the blindness of the heathen.The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish|James Fenimore Cooper
- 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