a small, shallow boat having a flat bottom and square ends, usually used for short outings on rivers or lakes and propelled by poling.
Football. to kick (a dropped ball) before it touches the ground.
to propel (a small boat) by thrusting against the bottom of a lake or stream, especially with a pole.
to convey in or as if in a punt.
to punt a football.
to propel a boat by thrusting a pole against the bottom of a river, stream, or lake.
to travel or have an outing in a punt.
Informal. to equivocate or delay: If they ask you for exact sales figures, you'll have to punt.
- punter, noun
Other definitions for punt (2 of 5)
Cards. to lay a stake against the bank, as at faro.
Slang. to gamble, especially to bet on horse races or other sporting events.
Cards. a person who lays a stake against the bank.
- punter, noun
Other definitions for punt (3 of 5)
a monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 pence; Irish pound.
Other definitions for punt (4 of 5)
Other definitions for Punt (5 of 5)
an ancient Egyptian name of an area not absolutely identified but believed to be Somaliland.
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How to use punt in a sentence
His critics complained that too often, it meant run, run, pass on third down and either move the chains or punt.Marty Schottenheimer’s legacy can be measured in teams’ regret over letting him go | Leonard Shapiro | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
The Bucs got the ball at their 30 following a 27-yard punt by the Chiefs’ Tommy Townsend.Super Bowl highlights: Bucs celebrate championship, Tom Brady wins MVP | Des Bieler, Mark Maske, Chuck Culpepper | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
The Heisman Trophy winner caught 105 passes for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, and he also scored a touchdown on a punt return.Here’s how Ohio State upsets Alabama and wins the national title | Neil Greenberg | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
This time, the Browns got the ball back on a Steelers punt, rather than a turnover, but the result was eventually the same.Browns shake off their history, secure first playoff win since 1995 | Adam Kilgore, Des Bieler | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Rivera said he is sticking with punt returner Steven Sims — who has fumbled punts in the past two games — saying he was watching Sims catch live punts on the fields outside his window while on the teleconference.Alex Smith, Terry McLaurin are questionable vs. Bucs, but Ron Rivera appears unfazed | Les Carpenter | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
“Cunt punt” earned her mentions on The Daily Show, and a place in the Urban Dictionary.Rebecca Martinson, the Viral Sorority Girl Letter Writer: How to Go From Unknown to Infamous in 60 Seconds | Tricia Romano | April 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
punt Return Brings 49ers Closer How did San Francisco score so much in such little time, you ask?
If you thought Lucy was going to get into the Thanksgiving spirit and finally let Charlie Brown punt that football, think again.‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Roseanne’ & More Classic Thanksgiving Episodes (VIDEO) | Shannon Donnelly, The Daily Beast Video | November 22, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
For you, Saturn trining Neptune is a wake-up call to document ideas, first, and then punt them out into the universe.
And yet when confronted with a bona fide epidemic in its southern desert, Arizona has chosen to punt.
Looking round the long table he saw the Comte de Lussigny sitting in the punt.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
He knew she was quite capable of handling the punt, even in the rapids, so he merely growled his acquiescence.Ruth Fielding At College | Alice B. Emerson
Twas irresistible––to be accomplished with the fool of Twist Tickle and his clever punt.The Cruise of the Shining Light | Norman Duncan
Twas by him reported that a maid of gentle breeding had come alone in a punt to Topmast in the night.The Cruise of the Shining Light | Norman Duncan
He says he is determined to learn to row, and to swim, and to punt, and to fish.Littlebourne Lock | F. Bayford Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for punt (1 of 4)
an open flat-bottomed boat with square ends, propelled by a pole: See quant 1
to propel (a boat, esp a punt) by pushing with a pole on the bottom of a river, etc
British Dictionary definitions for punt (2 of 4)
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
to kick (a ball, etc) using a punt
British Dictionary definitions for punt (3 of 4)
(intr) to gamble; bet
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)
British Dictionary definitions for punt (4 of 4)
(formerly) the Irish pound
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