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

Definition of blindfold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of blindfold (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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blindfold adjective

Examples of blindfold in a Sentence


The kidnappers tied him up and blindfolded him.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The poor guy looks like he's done his own hair blindfolded, with some green superglue and string as his only tools., "50 Most Unforgettable Haircuts in World Football," 10 July 2019 More celebrities who took on the challenge include Ryan Reynolds, Ellie Goulding, John Mayer and Donnie Yen — who did the challenge blindfolded. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "Watch out for the chancla: Arizona family's bottlecap challenge video goes viral," 5 July 2019 Taking your eyes off the road for just four seconds while traveling at 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field blindfolded. Keith Schubert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Driving to Illinois? New 'hands-free' law takes effect to decrease distracted driving," 1 July 2019 An Associated Press photographer saw officers arresting a number of people, before taking them blindfolded into police trucks. Washington Post, "Sudan’s military sidesteps proposal for civilian rule," 25 June 2019 They are involved in a game that involves blindfolding a man. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Artist Roman de Salvo branches out at Timken Museum of Art," 23 June 2019 Measuring the qubits is akin to reaching blindfolded into the box and randomly sampling one string from the distribution. Quanta Magazine, "How to Turn a Quantum Computer Into the Ultimate Randomness Generator," 19 June 2019 The abductor blindfolded the doctor, tied up his hands and feet and, during an hourlong ride to who knows where, repeatedly shocked the surgeon with a stun gun, prosecutors said. Tonya Alanez,, "Kidnappers grab plastic surgeon, tie him up and torture him with a blowtorch, court papers say," 13 June 2019 No Bird Box blindfolds here, please: that crow's nest plus several screened and open porches offer views of the Atlantic—plus the property's sparkling pool. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Sandra Bullock Is Selling Her Georgia Beach House for $6.5 Million," 27 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Courier-Journal hauled ice cream from the Comfy Cow, Graeter's and Louisville Cream, and put some Louisville newbies to a blindfold taste test to settle debate. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Ale-8-One and Louisville Cream are teaming up for a Friday Freebie you can't resist," 12 July 2019 Which brings us to the next industry that's bound to get sliced and diced, or at least spun around with a blindfold and sent stumbling off in a new direction: car manufacturers. Popular Mechanics, "The iPhone Changed the World, the Self-Driving Car Is Next," 29 June 2017 Demi spanks Colton with a Bird Box blindfold, and Courtney and Hannah Alabama have had enough. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Please, Please Let Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman Host the Next Season of 'The Bachelor'," 15 Jan. 2019 Even the blindfolds worn by Ms. Bullock and other characters in the movie to avoid seeing a monster became a meme. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Netflix Opens Eyes in Hollywood as ‘Bird Box’ Soars," 7 Jan. 2019 Don’t tie your partner’s arms and legs to the bed, throw on a blindfold, and pop in a ball gag on the first go with bondage. Gigi Engle, SELF, "5 Ways to Ease Your Partner Into Trying Bondage and Kink," 28 Sep. 2018 In 16th-century Europe, Lady Justice began wearing a new accoutrement: a blindfold to represent the impartial application of the law. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "‘Justice’ Is a Judicious Choice for ‘Word of the Year’," 21 Dec. 2018 Why would getting lost in the fantasy of floggers, blindfolds and safe-words matter in everyday moments like asking for a raise? Ibby Kohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kinky Sex Could Be the Secret to Your Success," 5 June 2018 Lady Justice does not wear a blindfold over only one eye. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "When Justice Is Partial," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of blindfold


1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blindfold


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

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English Language Learners Definition of blindfold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cover the eyes of (a person) with a piece of cloth



English Language Learners Definition of blindfold (Entry 2 of 2)

: a piece of cloth that covers the eyes


blind·​fold | \ ˈblīnd-ˌfōld How to pronounce blindfold (audio) \
blindfolded; blindfolding

Kids Definition of blindfold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cover the eyes of with a piece of cloth



Kids Definition of blindfold (Entry 2 of 2)

: a covering over the eyes

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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