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punt1

[puhnt] /pʌnt/
noun
1.
Football. a kick in which the ball is dropped and then kicked before it touches the ground.
2.
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)
3.
Football. to kick (a dropped ball) before it touches the ground.
4.
to propel (a small boat) by thrusting against the bottom of a lake or stream, especially with a pole.
5.
to convey in or as if in a punt.
verb (used without object)
6.
to punt a football.
7.
to propel a boat by thrusting a pole against the bottom of a river, stream, or lake.
8.
to travel or have an outing in a punt.
9.
Informal. to equivocate or delay:
If they ask you for exact sales figures, you'll have to punt.
Origin
1000
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”
Related forms
punter, noun

punt2

[puhnt] /pʌnt/
verb (used without object)
1.
Cards. to lay a stake against the bank, as at faro.
2.
Slang. to gamble, especially to bet on horse races or other sporting events.
noun
3.
Cards. a person who lays a stake against the bank.
Origin
1705-15; < French ponter, derivative of ponte punter, point in faro < Spanish punto point
Related forms
punter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for punted

punt1

/pʌnt/
noun
1.
an open flat-bottomed boat with square ends, propelled by a pole See quant1
verb
2.
to propel (a boat, esp a punt) by pushing with a pole on the bottom of a river, etc
Word Origin
Old English punt shallow boat, from Latin pontō punt,pontoon1

punt2

/pʌnt/
noun
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
verb
3.
to kick (a ball, etc) using a punt
Word Origin
C19: perhaps a variant of English dialect bunt to push, perhaps a nasalized variant of butt³

punt3

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

punt4

/pʊnt/
noun
1.
(formerly) the Irish pound
Word Origin
Irish Gaelic: pound
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Word Origin and History for punted

punt

n.

"kick," 1845; see punt (v.).

"flat-bottomed river boat," late Old English punt, perhaps an ancient survival of British Latin ponto "flat-bottomed boat" (see OED), a kind of Gallic transport (Caesar), also "floating bridge" (Gellius), from Latin pontem (nominative pons) "bridge" (see pontoon). Or from or influenced by Old French cognate pont "large, flat boat."

v.

"to kick a ball dropped from the hands before it hits the ground," 1845, first in a Rugby list of football rules, perhaps from dialectal punt "to push, strike," alteration of Midlands dialect 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. Related: Punted; punting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for punted

punt 1

verb

To gamble; bet

[1706+; fr French ponte, Spanish punta, ''point,'' used for playing against the banker in faro and other games]


punt 2

verb
  1. To drop a course in order not to fail it
  2. To give up; withdraw; cop out: I hate to punt, but I just don't have time to finish this job
  3. To improvise or do something different when faced with few or no choices: had to punt when he didn't get in his first-choice school
  4. To return something; throw (or kick) something back: The high court punted the usetax issue back to Congress and cleared the way for future legislative action
  5. To stall for time; to delay; to relinquish control: Clinton suddenly punted on health reform and shifted to welfare

[1970s+ College students; fr the kick out of danger in football, fr mid1800s Rugby football, ''kick the ball before it hits the ground,'' of unknown origin; perhaps echoic]


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