punt

verb (1)
\ ˈpənt How to pronounce punt (audio) \
punted; punting; punts

Definition of punt

 (Entry 1 of 7)

transitive verb

1 : to kick (something, such as a football or soccer ball) with the top of the foot before the ball which is dropped from the hands hits the ground
2 : to pass (something, such as a problem) to someone else The mayor, according to his press release, has punted this problem back to city staff …— John Lorinc
3 : to defer (something) indefinitely : table sense 1a There's a sense that leaders around the state would rather punt the issue of high school sports … than make a difficult decision.Morning Sentinel (Waterville, ME)

intransitive verb

1 : to punt a ball
2 : to defer a decision about something often used with on According to the report, the consensus for now appears to be to punt on whether an invention conceived of by AI is eligible for patent protection …— Chethan K. Srinivasa… while Congress continues to punt on the issue, four states passed ballot initiatives in 2014 to raise the minimum wage and cities across the country have committed to or already done the same.— Katie McDonough

punt

noun (1)
\ ˈpənt How to pronounce punt (audio) \

Definition of punt (Entry 2 of 7)

: the act or an instance of punting (see punt entry 1) a ball

punt

noun (2)
\ ˈpənt How to pronounce punt (audio) \

Definition of punt (Entry 3 of 7)

: a long narrow flat-bottomed boat with square ends usually propelled with a pole

punt

verb (2)
\ ˈpənt How to pronounce punt (audio) \
punted; punting; punts

Definition of punt (Entry 4 of 7)

transitive verb

: to propel (a boat, such as a punt) with a pole

punt

noun (3)
\ ˈpu̇nt How to pronounce punt (audio) \

Definition of punt (Entry 5 of 7)

: the monetary pound of Ireland

punt

verb (3)
\ ˈpənt How to pronounce punt (audio) \
punted; punting; punts

Definition of punt (Entry 6 of 7)

intransitive verb

1 : to play at a gambling game against the banker
2 British : gamble

punt

noun (4)
\ ˈpənt How to pronounce punt (audio) \
plural punts

Definition of punt (Entry 7 of 7)

: a concave indentation in the bottom of a wine bottle

First Known Use of punt

Verb (1)

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1845, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1759, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1975, in the meaning defined above

Verb (3)

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (4)

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for punt

Verb (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

Middle English *punt, from Old English, from Latin ponton-, ponto

Noun (3)

Irish, pound, from English pound

Verb (3)

French ponter, from ponte point in some games, play against the banker, from Spanish punto point, from Latin punctum — more at point

Noun (4)

probably a shortening of punt mark or a similar collocation with punt "metal rod used in fashioning hot glass" (shortened from punty), referring to the mark left by the rod in a piece of blown glass

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“Punt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punt. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for punt

punt

verb
\ ˈpənt How to pronounce punt (audio) \
punted; punting

Kids Definition of punt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to drop and kick a ball before it hits the ground

Other Words from punt

punter noun

punt

noun

Kids Definition of punt (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of dropping and kicking a ball before it hits the ground

Punt geographical name

\ ˈpu̇nt How to pronounce Punt (audio) \

Definition of Punt

a part of Africa not certainly identified but probably Somaliland an ancient Egyptian name

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