- 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 stuntssketch, feat, skit, antic, caper, feature, exploit, act, performance, achievement
Examples from the Web for stunts
Contemporary Examples of stunts
The kid from next door drops by and Marvin talks to him about the stunts in his latest film, Death Hunt.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
In the era of Tea Party stunts and dramatic fan-based delays, the debate was moderately fussy.What Al Franken’s Normcore Senate Race Can Teach Other Democrats
Ana Marie Cox
October 27, 2014
This video of one of his last, and most impressive, stunts was released as a tribute to his memory.Dirtbike Flips over Stunt Plane
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 21, 2014
When the persistent passive-aggressive Nice Guy act fails, do they step it up to elaborate Steve-Urkel-esque stalking and stunts?Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
May 27, 2014
Isabel Wilkinson on the stunts, performances and elaborate contraptions.The 2013 Artist Sand Castle Competition Hosted by Creative Time (PHOTOS)
August 11, 2013
Historical Examples of stunts
He does not try to do stunts; and, above all, he does not care to go in swimming.A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs
Den a yeller rat got gay wid me an' did some stunts on me windlass.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Finally they sat down in a big circle on the grass and had “stunts.”Betty Wales Senior
I did push-ups and bridges and other stunts until I was bored again.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
I had had enough of seeing a girl do stunts that stopped my blood.The La Chance Mine Mystery
Susan Carleton Jones
- (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
Word Origin and History for stunts
"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.