- slowed or stopped abnormally in growth or development.
Origin of stunted
- 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 stuntedshort, scrub, dwarf, wee, shot, dwarfed, shrimp, bantam, diminutive, little, measly, mite, peanut, small, tiny, undersized, dwarfish, half-pint, peewee, runtish
Examples from the Web for stunted
Contemporary Examples of stunted
So other than a stunted television career and a big mouth, what does Wilmer Valderrama have going for him?Why Women Want Hollywood Lothario Wilmer Valderrama
April 9, 2014
This view holds the Arab world to be stunted, reflecting a cynicism born from the dismissal of our cultures and capacities.Defeating the Arab Spring Syndrome of Self-Defeat
October 15, 2013
The elderly are helped into the shade of the few stunted trees nearby.Libyan Refugees Flee Siege of Bani Walid
October 22, 2012
The more extreme risks range from cardiac problems to stunted growth and a diminished immune system.Pickiness: The Secret Eating Disorder Nobody’s Talking About
March 1, 2012
Malnutrition is so rampant that more than half the country's children are stunted in growth.Yemen's Looming Humanitarian Emergency
April 5, 2011
Historical Examples of stunted
He was interred under the stunted oak where Master Headley had been tied.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The thick, stunted columns, left in the rough, also awaited their sculptors.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
She felt cheated, stunted, revengeful because of this common fate.The Gorgeous Girl
Jakin was a stunted child of fourteen, and Lew was about the same age.Soldiers Three, Part II.
Everywhere on Long Island grew the stunted bushes, and everywhere they were valued.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
- (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.