Stun-tingly

stunt

1 [stuhnt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to stop, slow down, or hinder the growth or development of; dwarf: A harsh climate stunted the trees. Brutal treatment in childhood stunted his personality.
noun
2.
a stop or hindrance in growth or development.
3.
arrested development.
4.
a plant or animal hindered from attaining its proper growth.
5.
Plant Pathology. a disease of plants, characterized by a dwarfing or stunting of the plant.

Origin:
1575–85; v. use of dial. stunt dwarfed, stubborn (Middle English; Old English: stupid); cognate with Middle High German stunz, Old Norse stuttr short; akin to stint1

stuntingly, adverb
stunty, adjective
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stunt1 (stʌnt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to prevent or impede the growth or development of (a plant, animal, etc)
 
n
2.  the act or an instance of stunting
3.  a person, animal, or plant that has been stunted
 
[C17 (as vb: to check the growth of): perhaps from C15 stont of short duration, from Old English stunt simple, foolish; sense probably influenced by Old Norse stuttr short in stature, dwarfed]
 
'stunted1
 
adj
 
'stuntedness1
 
n

stunt2 (stʌnt)
 
n
1.  an acrobatic, dangerous, or spectacular action
2.  an acrobatic or dangerous piece of action in a film or television programme
3.  anything spectacular or unusual done to gain publicity
 
vb
4.  (intr) to perform a stunt or stunts
 
[C19: US student slang, of unknown origin]

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stunt
"check in growth, dwarf," 1659, verb use of M.E. adj. stunnt "foolish," from O.E. stunt "short-witted, foolish" (cf. stuntspræc "foolish talk"), from P.Gmc. *stuntaz (cf. O.N. stuttr "short"), from the root of stump.

stunt
"feat to attract attention," 1878, Amer.Eng. college sports slang, of uncertain origin. Speculated to be a variant of colloq. stump "dare, challenge" (1871), or of Ger. stunde, lit. "hour." The movie stunt man is attested from 1930.
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