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
When Russian orphans are measured, they are commonly found to have failure to thrive/growth-stunting for weight and height.Russia’s Adoption Ban Is Cruel and Vindictive to All | Dr. Jane Aronson | December 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Three of them had juvenile delinquency records—minor stuff, mostly, like copter stunting and public disturbance.A Mixture of Genius | Arnold Castle
Whoever is removing the stunting environments of our occupations is doing the fundamentals of reform.A Preface to Politics | Walter Lippmann
One sees upon their minds or bodies the marks and scars of dwarfing, stunting or lack of balance.Radiant Motherhood | Marie Carmichael Stopes
He was stunting so wildly and slamming lead so fast the Jerries began giving him a wide berth.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin | Al Avery
Later, when a parent humors its every whim, he is stunting its growth toward good citizenship.Twenty Years a Detective in the Wickedest City in the World | Clifton R. Wooldridge
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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