adjective, blind·er, blind·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of blind
Synonyms for blind
Antonyms for blind
Regional variation note
Related Words for blindsignorant, oblivious, insensitive, unconscious, nearsighted, mindless, irrational, impassable, curtain, dark, unsighted, groping, wild, rash, dim, disguised, secluded, concealed, closed, obscured
Examples from the Web for blinds
Contemporary Examples of blinds
Levin rightly disparages the “nostalgia” that he says “blinds” both liberals and conservatives to this new reality.Relax—Both Parties Are Going Extinct
November 4, 2014
That was when the blinds were closed, blocking Fretland and the other witnesses from what happened next.Lifting the Curtain on Oklahoma's Botched Lethal Injection
August 29, 2014
It blinds us to its presence, even as it works to obscure our reality and provide logical explanations for illogical facts.Are Black Students Unruly? Or is America Just Racist?
March 21, 2014
But this is pernicious, Hayes argues, because it blinds us to the eventual results of these sorts of systems.Is Meritocracy Un-American? Chris Hayes Says System Is Hurting U.S.
June 16, 2012
“Hey, the blinds are moving,” one of the teens said, according to The Dallas Morning News.Trayvon Martin: Other ‘Stand Your Ground’ Cases, From Florida to North Carolina
March 23, 2012
Historical Examples of blinds
People are not particular about lowering the blinds in the country.In the Midst of Alarms
The temptation of this ready cash often blinds the landlord to his future interest.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The outer gate was shut, and all the blinds on the front of the house were closed.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
There were doors opened, blinds pushed aside, faces—that sort of thing.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
The blinds were left up, and I was free to observe all that passed.The First Violin
- unable to see; sightless
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the blind
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for blind
"window screens," 1771, from blind (singular blind in this sense is recorded from 1731).
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