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