- 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.
Origin of punt1
- 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.
Origin of punt2
Examples from the Web for punter
The clip below, of Mayall hamming it up when he realises a punter is filming him at a charity auction, is a classic.British Comedian Rik Mayall, 56, Dies Suddenly
June 9, 2014
On examining the face of the punter who had made these ravages I guessed the game.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
In case of his refusal the card is offered to the second punter.
Not as good as we are, on the whole, but they've got a punter—Gridley—who's a perfect wizard!Play the Game!
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
The corruption from punter, or boat-rope, to painter, seems obvious.
The dealer has an eight and king, the punter a five and three.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)
Charles James Wills
- a person who punts a boat
- a person who kicks a ball
- a person who places a bet
- informal any member of the public, esp when a customerthe punters flock into the sales
- slang a prostitute's client
- slang a victim of a con man
- an open flat-bottomed boat with square ends, propelled by a poleSee quant 1
- to propel (a boat, esp a punt) by pushing with a pole on the bottom of a river, etc
- 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
- (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)
- (formerly) the Irish pound
Word Origin and History for punter
1888 in football, agent noun from punt (v.).
"kick," 1845; see punt (v.).
"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."
"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.