nearly or partially blind; dim-sighted.
slow or deficient in understanding, imagination, or vision.
Obsolete. totally blind.

1250–1300; Middle English pur blind completely blind; see pure (in obsolete adv. sense), blind

purblindly, adverb
purblindness, noun

1, 2. See blind.
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purblind (ˈpɜːˌblaɪnd)
1.  partly or nearly blind
2.  lacking in insight or understanding; obtuse
[C13: see pure, blind; compare parboil]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, pur blind "entirely blind," later "partially blind, blind in one eye" (1382), probably from Anglo-Fr. perfective prefix pur- (from V.L. por-, variation of L. pro- "before, for") + blind (q.v.). Sense of "dull" first recorded 1530s.
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purblind pur·blind (pûr'blīnd')

  1. Having poor vision; nearly or partly blind.

  2. Slow in understanding or discernment; dull.

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The voice from the thicket seemed to convey almost nothing but purblind certainty and impatience.
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