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[blahynd-fohld] /ˈblaɪndˌfoʊld/
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.
Origin of blindfold
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for blindfold
  • 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.
  • The burly guard returned, pulled one prisoner into the open doorway and tied a white cloth around his eyes as a blindfold.
  • It has as much to do with language as blindfold, in other words.
  • When she removed the blindfold, the children had to say where the token was.
  • Picking track favorites is tough enough but picking mid-packers should be done with a dart board and a blindfold.
  • If you are determined to sleep on the plane, use earplugs or a blindfold to help reduce outside stimuli.
  • blindfold him and he'll still make putts and he has been great around the greens as well this season.
British Dictionary definitions for blindfold


verb (transitive)
to prevent (a person or animal) from seeing by covering (the eyes)
to prevent from perceiving or understanding
a piece of cloth, bandage, etc, used to cover the eyes
any interference to sight
adjective, adverb
having the eyes covered with a cloth or bandage
(chess) not seeing the board and pieces
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 blindfold

1520s, alteration, by similarity to fold, of blindfelled (early 14c.), past participle of blindfellan "blindfold, cover the eyes (with a bandage, etc.)," also "to strike blind" (c.1200), from Old English (ge)blindfellian "to strike blind," from blind (adj.) + Anglian gefeollan "to strike down," as in to fell a tree (see fell (v.)). Related: Blindfolded; blindfolding.


1880, from blindfold (v.).

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