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”

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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

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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]

punter1 (ˈpʌntə)
a person who punts a boat

punter2 (ˈpʌntə)
a person who kicks a ball

punter3 (ˈpʌntə)
1.  a person who places a bet
2.  informal any member of the public, esp when a customer: the punters flock into the sales
3.  slang a prostitute's client
4.  slang a victim of a con man

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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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Example sentences
If the punter made a mistake in calculating, he immediately paid him the
  difference or noted down the surplus.
But he actually is the team's backup punter, making him one of the oldest
  players in the history of college football.
IN the grim world of professional football, it is common to blame the wretched
  place-kicker or punter when a game gets away.
In football he played safety, offensive running back and punter.
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