punt

1
[ puhnt ]
/ pʌnt /

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”

OTHER WORDS FROM punt

punt·er, noun

Definition for punter (2 of 2)

punt2
[ puhnt ]
/ pʌnt /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM punt

punt·er, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for punter

British Dictionary definitions for punter (1 of 7)

punter1
/ (ˈpʌntə) /

noun

a person who punts a boat

British Dictionary definitions for punter (2 of 7)

punter2
/ (ˈpʌntə) /

noun

a person who kicks a ball

British Dictionary definitions for punter (3 of 7)

punter3
/ (ˈpʌntə) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for punter (4 of 7)

punt1
/ (pʌnt) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for punter (5 of 7)

punt2
/ (pʌnt) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for punter (6 of 7)

punt3
/ (pʌnt) mainly British /

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

British Dictionary definitions for punter (7 of 7)

punt4
/ (pʊnt) /

noun

(formerly) the Irish pound

Word Origin for punt

Irish Gaelic: pound
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012