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.
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.
- stunt·ing·ly, adverb
- stunty, adjective
Other definitions for stunt (2 of 2)
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.
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How to use stunt in a sentence
Because you sent it to my office at midnight and simultaneously released it to the press, I can unfortunately only conclude it is a political stunt.Pelosi and Mnuchin, once Washington’s Odd Couple, publicly disavow economic relief talks - and each other | Erica Werner | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
Before the show, which is in previews, viewers watch a short video in which they are instructed to assemble basic tools they’ll use as Suran performs his confounding stunts.With playhouses dark, interactive theater online is lighting things up | Peter Marks | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
Buzzard agrees, calling the formalization of perfectoid spaces a “gimmick” — the kind of early stunt that new technologies sometimes perform to demonstrate their worth.
In a tweet Wednesday, Snider called the stunt “moronic,” and shared a video that was recorded by an upset customer inside the Target at Coral Ridge Mall in Fort Lauderdale.Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider does not approve of anti-maskers using ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ | radmarya | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
He jumps on his bike, does a few stunts on the balcony, then rolls down the interior stairs.Vittorio Brumotti Serves Vigilante Justice on a Bike | Tom Vanderbilt | September 15, 2020 | Outside Online
Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon labels the show a “crass stunt” on a “bottom-feeding vortex of sadness network.”Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism | Samantha Allen | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sometimes you have to fly stunt formations with a plane and another guy in a jetpack to really get your kicks.
She maintains that her mattress-carrying stunt is an “art piece,” not a protest.
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? | Eleanor Clift | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sadly, Dell was killed five weeks after performing this stunt, fatally injured in a different performance.
Dedmon, here, was out of a job—thanks to you and your meddling—and the steering stunt offered good pay.The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
He did the 'Great White Way' stunt—the restaurants, the roof gardens, a pretty actress at times, jewels and champagne.The Winning Clue | James Hay, Jr.
Grayson's doing a stunt to-day that would have driven me mad with envy if I could have stopped to look on.Red Pepper Burns | Grace S. Richmond
The stunt did more than earn the boys a large share of fame.Radio Boys Loyalty | Wayne Whipple
"You try any stunt like that and I'll shoot you," Frank Nelsen promised.The Planet Strappers | Raymond Zinke Gallun
British Dictionary definitions for stunt (1 of 2)
(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
- stunted, adjective
- stuntedness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for stunt (2 of 2)
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
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