punters

punt

1 [puhnt]
noun
1.
Football. a kick in which the ball is dropped and then kicked before it touches the ground. Compare drop kick, place kick.
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:
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”

punter, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged

punt

2 [puhnt]
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

punter, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To punters
Collins
World English Dictionary
punt1 (pʌnt)
 
n
1.  See quant an open flat-bottomed boat with square ends, propelled by a pole
 
vb
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)
 
n
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
 
vb
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)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to gamble; bet
 
n
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)
 
n
(formerly) the Irish pound
 
[Irish Gaelic: pound]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

punt
"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.

punt
"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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Words
Synonyms
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature