\ ˈbənt How to pronounce bunt (audio) \

Definition of bunt

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : the middle part of a square sail
b : the part of a furled sail gathered up in a bunch at the center of the yard
2 : the bagging part of a fishing net


bunted; bunting; bunts

Definition of bunt (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to strike or push with or as if with the head : butt
2 : to push or tap (a baseball) lightly with a bat without swinging

intransitive verb

: to bunt a baseball

Definition of bunt (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : an act or instance of bunting
2 : a bunted ball

Definition of bunt (Entry 4 of 4)

: a destructive covered smut of wheat caused by a fungus (genus Tilletia)

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Other Words from bunt


bunter noun

Examples of bunt in a Sentence

Verb The batter bunted for a single. He bunted the ball toward third base.

First Known Use of bunt

Noun (1)

circa 1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1584, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

circa 1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bunt

Noun (1)

perhaps from Low German, bundle, from Middle Low German; akin to Old English byndel bundle


alteration of butt

Noun (3)

origin unknown

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The first known use of bunt was circa 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Bunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bunt. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bunt

baseball : to hit a baseball lightly with the bat so that the ball rolls only for a short distance


\ ˈbənt How to pronounce bunt (audio) \
bunted; bunting

Kids Definition of bunt

: to hit a baseball lightly so that the ball rolls for a short distance

Other Words from bunt

bunt noun

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