punt

1
[puhnt]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of punt

1
before 1000; 1835–45 for def 1; Old English: flat-bottomed boat (not attested in Middle English) < Latin pontō punt, pontoon1; sense “to kick a dropped ball” perhaps via sense “to propel (a boat) by shoving”
Related formspunt·er, noun

punt

2
[puhnt]

verb (used without object)

Cards. to lay a stake against the bank, as at faro.
Slang. to gamble, especially to bet on horse races or other sporting events.

noun

Cards. a person who lays a stake against the bank.

Origin of punt

2
1705–15; < French ponter, derivative of ponte punter, point in faro < Spanish punto point
Related formspunt·er, noun

punt

3
[poo nt, puhnt]

noun

a monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 pence; Irish pound.

Origin of punt

3
1970–75; < Irish < English pound2

punt

4
[puhnt]

noun

Origin of punt

4
1820–25; probably shortening of punty

Punt

[poo nt]

noun

an ancient Egyptian name of an area not absolutely identified but believed to be Somaliland.
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indentation, propel, boot

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British Dictionary definitions for punt

punt

1

noun

an open flat-bottomed boat with square ends, propelled by a poleSee quant 1

verb

to propel (a boat, esp a punt) by pushing with a pole on the bottom of a river, etc

Word Origin for punt

Old English punt shallow boat, from Latin pontō punt, pontoon 1

punt

2

noun

a kick in certain sports, such as rugby, in which the ball is released and kicked before it hits the ground
any long high kick

verb

to kick (a ball, etc) using a punt

Word Origin for punt

C19: perhaps a variant of English dialect bunt to push, perhaps a nasalized variant of butt ³

punt

3

verb

(intr) to gamble; bet

noun

a gamble or bet, esp against the bank, as in roulette, or on horses
Also called: punter a person who bets
take a punt at Australian and NZ informal to have an attempt or try at (something)

Word Origin for punt

C18: from French ponter to punt, from ponte bet laid against the banker, from Spanish punto point, from Latin punctum

punt

4

noun

(formerly) the Irish pound

Word Origin for punt

Irish Gaelic: pound
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Word Origin and History for punt
n.1

"kick," 1845; see punt (v.).

n.2

"flat-bottomed river boat," late Old English punt, perhaps an ancient survival of British Latin ponto "flat-bottomed boat" (see OED), a kind of Gallic transport (Caesar), also "floating bridge" (Gellius), from Latin pontem (nominative pons) "bridge" (see pontoon). Or from or influenced by Old French cognate pont "large, flat boat."

v.

"to kick a ball dropped from the hands before it hits the ground," 1845, first in a Rugby list of football rules, perhaps from dialectal punt "to push, strike," alteration of Midlands dialect bunt "to push, butt with the head," of unknown origin, perhaps echoic. Student slang meaning "give up, drop a course so as not to fail," 1970s, is because a U.S. football team punts when it cannot advance the ball. Related: Punted; punting.

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