- 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 stuntingdecelerate, hinder, retard, moderate, slacken, relax, lessen, lag, reduce, stall, decrease, abate, curb, diminish, impede, curtail, temper, demolish, bomb, injure
Examples from the Web for stunting
Historical Examples of stunting
But all this tends, as in Isaacs case, to the stunting of the man himself.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Genesis
This stunting of the race begins with the education of the child.The Case For India
In 1942, a very definite case of wilting and stunting was noted in cabbage plants growing in the vicinity of a black walnut tree.
From these field and laboratory studies, it was concluded that the wilting and stunting were not produced by a plant pathogen.
The phenomena observed in the stunting, or degeneration, of parts rendered useless, point to the same conclusion.On Germinal Selection as a Source of Definite Variation
- (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.