- (of a goat or calf) to push with the horns or head; butt.
- Baseball. to bat (a pitched ball) very gently so that it rolls into the infield close to home plate, usually by holding the bat loosely in hands spread apart and allowing the ball to bounce off it.
- to push (something) with the horns or head.
- Baseball. to bunt a ball.
- a push with the head or horns; butt.
- the act of bunting.
- a bunted ball.
Origin of bunt1
- Nautical. the middle part of a square sail.
- the bagging part of a fishing net or bagging middle area of various cloth objects.
Origin of bunt2
- a smut disease of wheat in which the kernels are replaced by the black, foul-smelling spores of fungi of the genus Tilletia.
Origin of bunt3
Examples from the Web for bunt
The name is from German, bunt, meaning variegated or gay colored.Textiles
William H. Dooley
And if you say that again, I'll bunt you up against the wall.Margaret Montfort
Laura E. Richards
The men on the yard who gather in the bunt when furling sails.
Also, of the man who comes down a stay, &c., to tar it; or foots the bunt in.
Frank believed Mertez would try to bunt, and he kept the ball high.Frank Merriwell's Son
Burt L. Standish
- (of an animal) to butt (something) with the head or horns
- to cause (an aircraft) to fly in part of an inverted loop or (of an aircraft) to fly in such a loop
- US and Canadian (in baseball) to hit (a pitched ball) very gently
- the act or an instance of bunting
- nautical the baggy centre of a fishing net or other piece of fabric, such as a square sail
- a disease of cereal plants caused by smut fungi (genus Tilletia)
Word Origin and History for bunt
1825, "to strike with the head or horns," perhaps an alteration of butt (v.) with a goat in mind, or a survival from Middle English bounten "to return." As a baseball term from 1889. Related: Bunted; bunting.
1767, "a push;" see bunt (v.). Baseball sense is from 1889.