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
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 | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The heir to a tightrope walking family has tried some crazy stunts in his day.Nik Wallenda’s Blindfolded Tightrope Caper: Defying Death Over The Chicago River | Jacqui Goddard | November 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
This video of one of his last, and most impressive, stunts was released as a tribute to his memory.
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 | Arthur Chu | May 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Why, I can see you riding, parading, and having him doing stunts such as are rarely seen in a circus.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
A gentlemanly fighting machine was doing "stunts" over by Serray and there was no sign of an enemy.Tam O' The Scoots | Edgar Wallace
For several minutes she did acrobatic stunts at the end of the swaying ladder.The Flying Reporter | Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
In the middle of the street a strong man in pink tights was doing stunts with dumb-bells and the members of his family.Paris Vistas | Helen Davenport Gibbons
Why do you let Hilda write those articles for you about food economy stunts in the household?The Title | Arnold Bennett
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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