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  1. nearly or partially blind; dim-sighted.
  2. slow or deficient in understanding, imagination, or vision.
  3. Obsolete. totally blind.

Origin of purblind

1250–1300; Middle English pur blind completely blind; see pure (in obsolete adv. sense), blind
Related formspur·blind·ly, adverbpur·blind·ness, noun

Synonym study

1, 2. See blind.
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British Dictionary definitions for purblind


  1. partly or nearly blind
  2. lacking in insight or understanding; obtuse

Word Origin for purblind

C13: see pure, blind; compare parboil
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Word Origin and History for purblind

c.1300, pur blind "entirely blind," as a noun, "a blind person," later "partially blind, blind in one eye" (late 14c.), the main modern sense, from blind (adj.). The first element is sometimes explained as pure (adj.), or as the Anglo-French perfective prefix pur- (see pur-). Sense of "dull" first recorded 1530s.

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purblind in Medicine


  1. Having poor vision; nearly or partly blind.
  2. Slow in understanding or discernment; dull.
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