[ blits ]
/ blɪts /


verb (used with object)

to attack or defeat with or as if with a blitz: The town was blitzed mercilessly by enemy planes. The visitors really blitzed the home team.
to destroy; demolish: His last-minute refusal blitzed all our plans.

verb (used without object)

Football. to charge directly and immediately at the passer; red-dog.
to move in the manner of a blitz: a car that will blitz through rough terrain.

Origin of blitz

First recorded in 1935–40; shortening of blitzkrieg

Related forms

blitz·er, noun

Can be confused

blintze blitz Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blitz

British Dictionary definitions for blitz (1 of 2)


/ (blɪts) /


a violent and sustained attack, esp with intensive aerial bombardment
any sudden intensive attack or concerted effortan advertising blitz; a drink-driving blitz
American football a defensive charge on the quarterback


(tr) to attack suddenly and intensively

Word Origin for blitz

C20: shortened from German Blitzkrieg lightning war

British Dictionary definitions for blitz (2 of 2)


/ (blɪts) /


the Blitz the systematic night-time bombing of Britain in 1940–41 by the German Luftwaffe
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