stunt

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verb (1)

stunted; stunting; stunts

transitive verb

: to hinder the normal growth, development, or progress of
stuntedness noun

stunt

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noun (1)

1
: one (such as an animal) that is stunted
2
: a check in growth
3
: a disease of plants (such as corn) in which dwarfing occurs

stunt

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noun (2)

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

stunt

4 of 4

verb (2)

stunted; stunting; stunts

intransitive verb

: to perform or engage in a stunt

Examples of stunt in a Sentence

Verb (1) unfortunately, an unusually dry summer seems to have permanently stunted the tree Noun (2) performs mental stunts, such as pronouncing words backwards as soon as you say them
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In it, the contestant subjected himself to several painful stunts that targeted him down below. Raechal Shewfelt, EW.com, 17 July 2024 With old favorites The Daily Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night With Seth Meyers, and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert all getting nominations, that left no room at the inn for John Mulaney’s hilarious live talk-show stunt. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 17 July 2024 Their stunts range from falling down the stairs to simulating car crashes—and sometimes involve fire. Forough Alaei, TIME, 13 July 2024 Democrats blasted the GOP effort as another political stunt. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 12 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for stunt 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

English dialect stunt stubborn, stunted, abrupt, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse stuttr scant — more at stint entry 1

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Verb (1)

1583, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stunt was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Stunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stunt. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

stunt

1 of 3 verb
: to hold back the normal growth, development, or progress of

stunt

2 of 3 noun
: an unusual or difficult feat performed or attempted usually to gain attention or publicity

stunt

3 of 3 verb
: to perform stunts
Etymology

Verb

from a dialect word stunt "stubborn, abrupt, stunted," probably of Scandinavian origin

Noun

origin unknown

Medical Definition

stunt

transitive verb
: to hinder the normal growth, development, or progress of
an emotionally stunted child

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