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

Other Words from blindfold


blindfold adjective

Examples of blindfold in a Sentence

Verb The kidnappers tied him up and blindfolded him.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Debina and her boyfriend were on a secluded beach near Anaehoomalu Bay the previous afternoon when a man with a knife ordered her to tie him up and blindfold him, according to police. Chris Harris, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2022 The team is working on protective eye wear, to blindfold babies safely during phototherapy. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 21 Feb. 2022 The baby shower host had trivia games (guessing lines from popular children's books) and activities for the soon-to-be parents (diapering a doll blindfolded). Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 19 May 2020 There, Rajabian spent almost three months in solitary confinement, blindfolded. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, 8 May 2020 Then, in each house, the birthday kid or party guest is blindfolded while family members guide them to their pantry. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2020 Explore your yard blindfolded Using a blindfold is a fun way to get to know your yard through other senses, Presley said, an activity best done with a partner. oregonlive, 9 Apr. 2020 The Taliban blindfolded him and whisked him away on a motorcycle. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2019 He was blindfolded and driven back to Dehkadeh, back to the town square. Naz Riahi, Longreads, 19 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The act ended with one member donning a blindfold while getting launched off the teeter totter and through a flaming hoop. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 The new study, published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, had 15 volunteers do a series of ten-minute treadmill walks in four conditions: with and without a 56-pound pack, and with and without a blindfold on. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 18 May 2022 The Discovery Channel announced Friday that the daredevil will wear a blindfold for a portion of his walk between 50-plus-story towers. Will Egensteiner, Outside Online, 3 Oct. 2014 One activist equated the experience to negotiating with one hand tied behind their back and a blindfold on. Vidya Krishnan, The Atlantic, 18 July 2022 Blindfold you with silk with another, lash you With silk with another, remove the blindfold With another. Lauren Markham, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 Figuring out Padres pitcher Blake Snell is a bit like evaluating impressionist art while wearing a blindfold. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2022 According to Jeremy Lock, the military photographer on the plane, a man had tried to wriggle out of a makeshift blindfold. New York Times, 12 June 2022 In other words, walking with a blindfold takes as much extra effort as walking with a 56-pound pack. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 18 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for blindfold


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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