1 [puhnt]
Football. a kick in which the ball is dropped and then kicked before it touches the ground. Compare drop kick, place kick.
a small, shallow boat having a flat bottom and square ends, usually used for short outings on rivers or lakes and propelled by poling.
verb (used with object)
Football. to kick (a dropped ball) before it touches the ground.
to propel (a small boat) by thrusting against the bottom of a lake or stream, especially with a pole.
to convey in or as if in a punt.
verb (used without object)
to punt a football.
to propel a boat by thrusting a pole against the bottom of a river, stream, or lake.
to travel or have an outing in a punt.
Informal. to equivocate or delay: If they ask you for exact sales figures, you'll have to punt.

before 1000; 1835–45 for def 1; Old English: flat-bottomed boat (not attested in Middle English) < Latin pontō punt, pontoon1; sense “to kick a dropped ball” perhaps via sense “to propel (a boat) by shoving”

punter, noun
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2 [puhnt]
verb (used without object)
Cards. to lay a stake against the bank, as at faro.
Slang. to gamble, especially to bet on horse races or other sporting events.
Cards. a person who lays a stake against the bank.

1705–15; < French ponter, derivative of ponte punter, point in faro < Spanish punto point

punter, noun


3 [poont, puhnt]
a monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 pence; Irish pound.

1970–75; < Irish < English pound2


an ancient Egyptian name of an area not absolutely identified but believed to be Somaliland.
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punt1 (pʌnt)
1.  See quant an open flat-bottomed boat with square ends, propelled by a pole
2.  to propel (a boat, esp a punt) by pushing with a pole on the bottom of a river, etc
[Old English punt shallow boat, from Latin pontō punt,pontoon1]

punt2 (pʌnt)
1.  a kick in certain sports, such as rugby, in which the ball is released and kicked before it hits the ground
2.  any long high kick
3.  to kick (a ball, etc) using a punt
[C19: perhaps a variant of English dialect bunt to push, perhaps a nasalized variant of butt³]

punt3 (pʌnt)
1.  (intr) to gamble; bet
2.  a gamble or bet, esp against the bank, as in roulette, or on horses
3.  Also called: punter a person who bets
4.  informal (Austral), (NZ) take a punt at to have an attempt or try at (something)
[C18: from French ponter to punt, from ponte bet laid against the banker, from Spanish punto point, from Latin punctum]

punt4 (pʊnt)
(formerly) the Irish pound
[Irish Gaelic: pound]

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Word Origin & History

"kick," 1845 (n. and v.), first in a Rugby list of football rules, perhaps from dialectal punt "to push, strike," alteration of Midlands dial. bunt "to push, butt with the head," of unknown origin, perhaps echoic. Student slang meaning "give up, drop a course so as not to fail," 1970s, is because a U.S.
football team punts when it cannot advance the ball.

"flat-bottomed boat," O.E. punt, probably an ancient survival of British L. ponto "flat-bottomed boat," a kind of Gallic transport (Caesar), also "floating bridge" (Gellius), from pons, pontem "bridge" (see pontoon).
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punt definition

(From the punch line of an old joke referring to American football: "Drop back 15 yards and punt!") 1. To give up, typically without any intention of retrying. "Let's punt the movie tonight." "I was going to hack all night to get this feature in, but I decided to punt" may mean that you've decided not to stay up all night, and may also mean you're not ever even going to put in the feature.
2. More specifically, to give up on figuring out what the Right Thing is and resort to an inefficient hack.
3. A design decision to defer solving a problem, typically because one cannot define what is desirable sufficiently well to frame an algorithmic solution. "No way to know what the right form to dump the graph in is - we'll punt that for now."
4. To hand a tricky implementation problem off to some other section of the design. "It's too hard to get the compiler to do that; let's punt to the run-time system."
[Jargon File]

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Example sentences
Shell, which also took a sizeable punt on renewable energy, admits that its
  strategy has changed.
Some may be taking a punt on governments as much as companies.
He runs a number of funds that allow patient investors to take a punt on a
  basket of ideas that may produce a long-term pay-off.
One is said to have taken a huge and disastrous punt on a strengthening euro.
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