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 blindness
Contemporary Examples of blindness
They had overcome everything from religious persecution to blindness to crushing family responsibilities.A College Degree Worth the Wait
June 1, 2014
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
November 28, 2012
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
It seems significant that this is a memoir not “of” blindness.Blindness as a Way of Seeing: Candia McWilliam’s Powerful Memoir
April 6, 2012
Ultimately, is some form of blindness necessary to hold all societies together?Aravind Adiga Responds to Our Readers
The Daily Beast
July 30, 2009
Historical Examples of blindness
I read of it before I lost my eyes; and since my blindness I have seen it often.
He measured your blindness and weakness by the standard of His own knowledge and almightiness.The Conquest of Fear
When his vanity was injured, his blindness was almost inconceivable.The Man Shakespeare
"I must tell you that my blindness is not going to help you in the way you believe," he said.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Nor, in the blindness of his frenzy, had he seen when she had gone nor whither she went.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
- 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