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stunt

verb \ ˈstənt \

Definition of stunt

transitive verb
:to hinder the normal growth, development, or progress of

stuntedness

noun

Origin and Etymology of stunt

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


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stunt

noun

Definition of stunt

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

First Known Use of stunt

1725


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stunt

noun

Definition of stunt

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

Origin and Etymology of stunt

origin unknown


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stunt

verb

Definition of stunt

intransitive verb
:to perform or engage in a stunt

First Known Use of stunt

1917



STUNT Defined for Kids

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stunt

noun \ ˈstənt \

Definition of stunt for Students

1 :an unusual or difficult performance or act
  • acrobatic stunts
2 :something done for the purpose of gaining attention or publicity

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stunt

verb

Definition of stunt for Students

stunted; stunting
:to hold back the normal growth of
  • There are no trees on the island except the small one stunted by the wind.
  • —Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins

Medical Dictionary

stunt

transitive verb \ ˈstənt \

medical Definition of stunt

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


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