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stunt

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transitive verb \ˈstənt\

Definition of stunt

  1. :  to hinder the normal growth, development, or progress of

stuntedness noun


Origin of stunt

English dialect stunt stubborn, stunted, abrupt, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse stuttr scant — more at stint


First Known Use: 1583

Rhymes with stunt


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stunt

noun

Definition of stunt

  1. 1 :  one (as an animal) that is stunted

  2. 2 :  a check in growth

  3. 3 :  a plant disease in which dwarfing occurs



1725

First Known Use of stunt

1725


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stunt

noun

Definition of stunt

  1. 1 :  an unusual or difficult feat requiring great skill or daring; especially :  one performed or undertaken chiefly to gain attention or publicity

  2. 2 :  a shifting or switching of the positions by defensive players at the line of scrimmage in football to disrupt the opponent's blocking efforts



Origin of stunt

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1878


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stunt

intransitive verb

Definition of stunt

  1. :  to perform or engage in a stunt



1917

First Known Use of stunt

1917



STUNT Defined for Kids

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stunt

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noun \ˈstənt\

Definition of stunt for Students

  1. 1 :  an unusual or difficult performance or act <acrobatic stunts>

  2. 2 :  something done for the purpose of gaining attention or publicity




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stunt

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verb

Definition of stunt for Students

stuntedstunting

  1. :  to hold back the normal growth of <There are no trees on the island except the small one stunted by the wind. — Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins>




Medical Dictionary

stunt

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transitive verb \ˈstənt\

Medical Definition of stunt

  1. :  to hinder the normal growth, development, or progress of <an emotionally stunted child>





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