punt

1
[puhnt]
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noun
  1. Football. a kick in which the ball is dropped and then kicked before it touches the ground.Compare drop kick, place kick.
  2. a small, shallow boat having a flat bottom and square ends, usually used for short outings on rivers or lakes and propelled by poling.
  3. Glassmaking. kick(def 23b).
verb (used with object)
  1. Football. to kick (a dropped ball) before it touches the ground.
  2. to propel (a small boat) by thrusting against the bottom of a lake or stream, especially with a pole.
  3. to convey in or as if in a punt.
verb (used without object)
  1. to punt a football.
  2. to propel a boat by thrusting a pole against the bottom of a river, stream, or lake.
  3. to travel or have an outing in a punt.
  4. Informal. to equivocate or delay: If they ask you for exact sales figures, you'll have to punt.

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)
  1. Cards. to lay a stake against the bank, as at faro.
  2. Slang. to gamble, especially to bet on horse races or other sporting events.
noun
  1. 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
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Related Words for punted

punt, boot, swim, sail, paddle, knock, shove, eject, expel, bounce, evict, jolt, pull, scud, drag, oar, scull, cut, fire, dismiss

Examples from the Web for punted

Contemporary Examples of punted

  • And on Defense spending, he promised an additional $400 billion in cuts, but punted specifics to a military commission.

  • Obama punted on the economy and reversed the fortunes of the Democrats in 365 days.

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    He's Done Everything Wrong

    Mort Zuckerman

    January 19, 2010

  • And Vidal, perhaps wisely, punted on a request to discuss his views on religion.

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    Vidal Kicks Up Dust Again

    Lloyd Grove

    October 21, 2009

Historical Examples of punted

  • This did not inspire me with confidence, so I only punted a ducat at a time.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • The next rush failed and Claflin punted to Carmine on the fifteen.

    Left Guard Gilbert

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Otis got through for five yards and then Rollins punted again.

    Left Guard Gilbert

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Keith fell back and punted out of bounds at the twenty-five.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Young Railey punted well into Sangamon territory and now Sangamon had the ball.


British Dictionary definitions for punted

punt

1
noun
  1. an open flat-bottomed boat with square ends, propelled by a poleSee quant 1
verb
  1. 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
  1. a kick in certain sports, such as rugby, in which the ball is released and kicked before it hits the ground
  2. any long high kick
verb
  1. 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
  1. (intr) to gamble; bet
noun
  1. a gamble or bet, esp against the bank, as in roulette, or on horses
  2. Also called: punter a person who bets
  3. 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
  1. (formerly) the Irish pound

Word Origin for punt

Irish Gaelic: pound
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Word Origin and History for punted

punt

n.1

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

punt

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."

punt

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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