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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stunt

2 [stuhnt]
noun
1.
a performance displaying a person's skill or dexterity, as in athletics; feat: an acrobatic stunt.
2.
any remarkable feat performed chiefly to attract attention: The kidnapping was said to be a publicity stunt.
verb (used without object)
3.
to do a stunt or stunts.
4.
Television Slang. to add specials, miniseries, etc., to a schedule of programs, especially so as to increase ratings.
verb (used with object)
5.
to use in doing stunts: to stunt an airplane.

Origin:
1890–95, Americanism; origin uncertain

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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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Example sentences
Tweed cautions readers without college-leadership experience not to try to
  replicate this stunt.
They now they call me the guru of stunt entertainment chainsaw art.
With car headlights illuminating the blacktop stage, the sport bike riding crew
  was putting on an amazing display of stunt riding.
During filming, stunt doubles were used when the car was flying or sailing.
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