stunt

1
[ stuhnt ]
/ stʌnt /

verb (used with object)

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.

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. stunk,
  2. stunner,
  3. stunning,
  4. stunningly,
  5. stunsail,
  6. stunt man,
  7. stunt person,
  8. stunt woman,
  9. stunted,
  10. stuntman

Origin of stunt

1
1575–85; v. use of dial. stunt dwarfed, stubborn (Middle English; Old English: stupid); cognate with Middle High German stunz, Old Norse stuttr short; akin to stint1

Related formsstunt·ing·ly, adverbstunt·y, adjective

stunt

2
[ stuhnt ]
/ stʌnt /

noun

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.

verb (used without object)

to do a stunt or stunts.
Television Slang. to add specials, miniseries, etc., to a schedule of programs, especially so as to increase ratings.

verb (used with object)

to use in doing stunts: to stunt an airplane.

Origin of stunt

2
An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for stunt

stunt

1
/ (stʌnt) /

verb

(tr) to prevent or impede the growth or development of (a plant, animal, etc)

noun

the act or an instance of stunting
a person, animal, or plant that has been stunted
Derived Formsstunted, adjectivestuntedness, noun

Word Origin for stunt

C17 (as vb: to check the growth of): perhaps from C15 stont of short duration, from Old English stunt simple, foolish; sense probably influenced by Old Norse stuttr short in stature, dwarfed

noun

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

verb

(intr) to perform a stunt or stunts

Word Origin for stunt

C19: US student slang, of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for stunt
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