verb (used with object)
to prevent or occlude sight by covering (the eyes) with a cloth, bandage, or the like; cover the eyes of.
to impair the awareness or clear thinking of: Don't let their hospitality blindfold you to the true purpose of their invitation.
a cloth or bandage put before the eyes to prevent seeing.
with the eyes covered: a blindfold test.
rash; unthinking: a blindfold denunciation before knowing the facts.

1520–30; alteration, by association with fold1, of blindfell to cover the eyes, strike blind, Middle English blindfellen; see blind, fell2

unblindfolded, adjective Unabridged
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blindfold (ˈblaɪndˌfəʊld)
1.  to prevent (a person or animal) from seeing by covering (the eyes)
2.  to prevent from perceiving or understanding
3.  a piece of cloth, bandage, etc, used to cover the eyes
4.  any interference to sight
adj, —adv
5.  having the eyes covered with a cloth or bandage
6.  chess not seeing the board and pieces
7.  rash; inconsiderate
[changed (C16) through association with fold1 from Old English blindfellian to strike blind; see blind, fell²]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Or a blindfold for a pirate's captive walking the plank.
She slowly puts on a blindfold, places a pair of scissors on her lap, then
  drops her hands to her side.
Certain loud noises are the acoustic equivalent of a blindfold.
Thither the boys who are to be initiated are conducted blindfold, followed by
  their parents and relations.
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