[ pur-blahynd ]
/ ˈpɜrˌblaɪnd /


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

Origin of purblind

1250–1300; Middle English pur blind completely blind; see pure (in obsolete adv. sense), blind

Related forms

pur·blind·ly, adverbpur·blind·ness, noun

Synonym study

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


/ (ˈpɜːˌblaɪnd) /


partly or nearly blind
lacking in insight or understanding; obtuse

Word Origin for purblind

C13: see pure, blind; compare parboil
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Medicine definitions for purblind


[ pûrblīnd′ ]


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