- to stop, slow down, or hinder the growth or development of; dwarf: A harsh climate stunted the trees. Brutal treatment in childhood stunted his personality.
- a stop or hindrance in growth or development.
- arrested development.
- a plant or animal hindered from attaining its proper growth.
- Plant Pathology. a disease of plants, characterized by a dwarfing or stunting of the plant.
Origin of stunt1
- a performance displaying a person's skill or dexterity, as in athletics; feat: an acrobatic stunt.
- any remarkable feat performed chiefly to attract attention: The kidnapping was said to be a publicity stunt.
- to do a stunt or stunts.
- Television Slang. to add specials, miniseries, etc., to a schedule of programs, especially so as to increase ratings.
- to use in doing stunts: to stunt an airplane.
Origin of stunt2
Related Words for stuntsketch, feat, skit, antic, caper, feature, exploit, act, performance, achievement
Examples from the Web for stunt
Contemporary Examples of stunt
Admittedly it would be called a stunt, but Obama needs something dramatic to rejuvenate his leadership.Can Obama and a Republican Senate Find Common Ground?
November 4, 2014
Sadly, Dell was killed five weeks after performing this stunt, fatally injured in a different performance.Dirtbike Flips over Stunt Plane
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 21, 2014
The more interactive the medium, the more it will stunt the attention span.Pulling the Plug on English Departments
July 28, 2014
And while I may have put a bunch of stunt guys in peril on Titanic, it was my ass in the sphere on the dive.James Cameron Dives into the Ocean's Abyss
July 21, 2014
[Laughs] And there were no stunt doubles during that scene, but no one got hurt.Lori Petty on ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ the Halcyon ‘90s, and Discovering Jennifer Lawrence
June 8, 2014
Historical Examples of stunt
Here, Chilvers, I want you to do a couple of columns on that stunt at the Abbey this morning!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
This was the "stunt" that he started out there in the country, where we were by ourselves.
She and I drove out by chance, to hear Moore doing his stunt in the circus-ground.The Prisoner
Like the rest of us, his only thought was to see those sheep do their "stunt."Camping with President Roosevelt
Her father had her down at the station doing a stunt for a bunch of professors.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
- (tr) to prevent or impede the growth or development of (a plant, animal, etc)
- the act or an instance of stunting
- a person, animal, or plant that has been stunted
Word Origin for stunt
- an acrobatic, dangerous, or spectacular action
- an acrobatic or dangerous piece of action in a film or television programme
- anything spectacular or unusual done to gain publicity
- (intr) to perform a stunt or stunts
Word Origin for stunt
"check in growth, dwarf," 1650s, verb use of Middle English adjective stunnt "foolish," from Old English stunt "short-witted, foolish" (cf. stuntspræc "foolish talk"), from Proto-Germanic *stuntaz (cf. Old Norse stuttr "short"), from the root of stump. Related: Stunted; stunting.
"feat to attract attention," 1878, American English college sports slang, of uncertain origin. Speculated to be a variant of colloq. stump "dare, challenge" (1871), or of German stunde, literally "hour." The movie stunt man is attested from 1930.