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[blahynd-fohld] /ˈblaɪndˌfoʊld/
verb (used with object)
1.
to prevent or occlude sight by covering (the eyes) with a cloth, bandage, or the like; cover the eyes of.
2.
to impair the awareness or clear thinking of:
Don't let their hospitality blindfold you to the true purpose of their invitation.
noun
3.
a cloth or bandage put before the eyes to prevent seeing.
adjective
4.
with the eyes covered:
a blindfold test.
5.
rash; unthinking:
a blindfold denunciation before knowing the facts.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; alteration, by association with fold1, of blindfell to cover the eyes, strike blind, Middle English blindfellen; see blind, fell2
Related forms
unblindfolded, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for blind-fold

blindfold

/ˈblaɪndˌfəʊld/
verb (transitive)
1.
to prevent (a person or animal) from seeing by covering (the eyes)
2.
to prevent from perceiving or understanding
noun
3.
a piece of cloth, bandage, etc, used to cover the eyes
4.
any interference to sight
adjective, adverb
5.
having the eyes covered with a cloth or bandage
6.
(chess) not seeing the board and pieces
7.
rash; inconsiderate
Word Origin
changed (C16) through association with fold1 from Old English blindfellian to strike blind; see blind, fell²
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Word Origin and History for blind-fold
blindfold
early 13c., from O.E. (ge)blindfellian "to strike blind," altered by similarity to fold, from blind + Anglian gefeollan "to strike down," as in to fell a tree (see fell (v.)). The noun is from 1880.
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