blindfold

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verb

blind·​fold ˈblīn(d)-ˌfōld How to pronounce blindfold (audio)
blindfolded; blindfolding; blindfolds

transitive verb

1
: to cover the eyes of with or as if with a bandage
2
: to hinder from seeing
especially : to keep from comprehension
blindfold adjective

blindfold

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noun

1
: a bandage for covering the eyes
2
: something that obscures mental or physical vision

Example Sentences

Verb The kidnappers tied him up and blindfolded him.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Debina and her boyfriend were on a secluded beach near Anaehoomalu Bay the previous afternoon when a man with a knife ordered her to tie him up and blindfold him, according to police. Chris Harris, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2022 The team is working on protective eye wear, to blindfold babies safely during phototherapy. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 21 Feb. 2022 The baby shower host had trivia games (guessing lines from popular children's books) and activities for the soon-to-be parents (diapering a doll blindfolded). Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 19 May 2020 There, Rajabian spent almost three months in solitary confinement, blindfolded. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, 8 May 2020 Then, in each house, the birthday kid or party guest is blindfolded while family members guide them to their pantry. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2020 Explore your yard blindfolded Using a blindfold is a fun way to get to know your yard through other senses, Presley said, an activity best done with a partner. oregonlive, 9 Apr. 2020 The Taliban blindfolded him and whisked him away on a motorcycle. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2019 He was blindfolded and driven back to Dehkadeh, back to the town square. Naz Riahi, Longreads, 19 Mar. 2020
Noun
Farber explained the blindfold was meant to combat Blair's MS and subsequent tendency for sensory overload. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 4 Oct. 2022 Gather up some doll friends, grab a mini blindfold, and get your elf ready for a rousing game of Pin the Nose on the Reindeer. Corinne Sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 11 Nov. 2022 Donning the blindfold, as Selma revealed during the episode, apparently helped the actress perform better, addressing certain challenges that span from her multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 8 Oct. 2022 The two hopped in a car, and Roman put a blindfold on Julia. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2022 The act ended with one member donning a blindfold while getting launched off the teeter totter and through a flaming hoop. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 The new study, published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, had 15 volunteers do a series of ten-minute treadmill walks in four conditions: with and without a 56-pound pack, and with and without a blindfold on. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 18 May 2022 The Discovery Channel announced Friday that the daredevil will wear a blindfold for a portion of his walk between 50-plus-story towers. Will Egensteiner, Outside Online, 3 Oct. 2014 One activist equated the experience to negotiating with one hand tied behind their back and a blindfold on. Vidya Krishnan, The Atlantic, 18 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

alteration of Middle English blindfellen, blindfelden to strike blind, blindfold, from blind + fellen to fell

First Known Use

Verb

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blindfold was in 1526

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Cite this Entry

“Blindfold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blindfold. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

blindfold 1 of 2

verb

blind·​fold ˈblīn(d)-ˌfōld How to pronounce blindfold (audio)
: to cover the eyes of with or as if with a strip of cloth
blindfold adjective

blindfold

2 of 2

noun

: a strip of cloth for covering the eyes

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