1. Military.
    1. an overwhelming all-out attack, especially a swift ground attack using armored units and air support.
    2. an intensive aerial bombing.
  2. any swift, vigorous attack, barrage, or defeat: a blitz of commercials every few minutes.
  3. Football. act or instance of charging directly for (the passer) as soon as the ball is snapped; red-dogging.
  4. bingo.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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.
  2. to destroy; demolish: His last-minute refusal blitzed all our plans.
verb (used without object)
  1. Football. to charge directly and immediately at the passer; red-dog.
  2. 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 formsblitz·er, noun
Can be confusedblintze blitz Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for blitzes


  1. a violent and sustained attack, esp with intensive aerial bombardment
  2. any sudden intensive attack or concerted effortan advertising blitz; a drink-driving blitz
  3. American football a defensive charge on the quarterback
  1. (tr) to attack suddenly and intensively

Word Origin for blitz

C20: shortened from German Blitzkrieg lightning war


  1. the Blitz the systematic night-time bombing of Britain in 1940–41 by the German Luftwaffe
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Word Origin and History for blitzes



"sudden overwhelming attack," 1940, shortening of blitzkrieg (1939). The use in U.S. football is from 1959. As a verb, 1940, from the noun. Related: Blitzed; blitzing.

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