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[duhnt, doo nt]Scot.
  1. a hard blow or hit, especially one that makes a dull sound; thump.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to strike, especially with a dull sound.
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Origin of dunt1

1375–1425; late Middle English; cognate with Swedish dunt dint


verb (used without object)
  1. (of ceramic ware) to crack because of excessively rapid cooling.
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Origin of dunt2

origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for dunt

Historical Examples

  • Every chap went through my breast like the dunt of a fore-hammer.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch

    David Macbeth Moir

  • Dunt (sometimes dunch), to strike or butt like a cow or goat with the head.

  • A certain lame old man (of Armagh) was nicknamed 'Dunt the pad (path').

British Dictionary definitions for dunt


  1. a blow; thump
  2. the injury caused by such a blow
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  1. to strike or hit
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Word Origin

C15: perhaps variant of dint
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