There are 4 definitions of punt in English:

punt1

Syllabification: punt
Pronunciation: /pənt
 
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noun

  • A long, narrow, flat-bottomed boat, square at both ends and propelled with a long pole, used on inland waters chiefly for recreation.
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    • I had no oars because I thought I could propel the punt with a primitive sail that I had assembled.
    • A passerby on shore heard the cries for help, broke a window in a yacht club, grabbed a pair of oars, slipped a punt in the water and rowed out to where he heard the shouting.
    • Where once the harbour might have had a currach or two tied up, the inlet is now festooned with yachts and dinghies and motor boats and punts of all shapes and sizes.

verb

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  • Travel or convey in a punt.
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    • A flight in the vintage aircraft was one treat, with a punt down the Thames at Henley, then a restaurant meal to follow.
    • Although I started off learning to use a centre pin with my Grandfather from the bank, I gained a lot of experience trotting from a punt on the tidal Thames.
    • Those pungent orangewood sticks push back encroaching cuticles, punts through muddy water.

Origin

Old English, from Latin ponto, denoting a flat-bottomed ferryboat; readopted in the early 16th century from Middle Low German punte or Middle Dutch ponte 'ferryboat', of the same origin.

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There are 4 definitions of punt in English:

punt2

Syllabification: punt
Pronunciation: /
 
pənt/

verb

  • 1 [with object] Football Kick (the ball) after it is dropped from the hands and before it reaches the ground: he used to be able to punt a football farther than anyone
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    • Peek beat his man and put a big hand on the football just as it was punted.
    • At this rate, the Dolphins will have a punt or two blocked down the stretch.
    • He mishandled multiple punts, so veteran Troy Edwards will handle punt returns Week 1 in Pittsburgh.
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of an offensive team) turn possession over to the defensive team by punting the ball after failing to make a first down: the Raiders could get nowhere with their possession, and had to punt
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    • In football, he plays wide receiver and corner, plus he does all his team's punting, kicking and kick returns.
    • Make no mistake, Moss will be the No.1 returner, but teams will try to punt away from him once they realize how dangerous he is.
    • Coming back from intermission, Jason Simmons nabbed a toss deflected by Jason Babin, but the offense sputtered again and punted.
  • 1.2(Of a player) act as the punter.
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    • He has punted a perfectly good basketball, pounded a scorer's table and hurled a water bottle into the stands, not ordinarily acts of the sane and well-adjusted.
  • 2 [no object] Delay in answering or taking action; equivocate: he would continue to punt on questions of Medicare
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    • But there's a reason why most of the investigations into the prison have punted on the essential question of executive responsibility.
    • Edgeio seems to be punting on that question for the moment.
    • When the case finally made it to the Commission two years later, the court punted on the constitutionality question.

noun

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  • An act of punting a ball.
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    • Knox went to punt, but a strong rush by Macalester forced the punter to hurry the kick, and the punt went only 5 yards.
    • His ability to return punts and kicks adds to his value… One reason the team has not stopped the run consistently this year is because it has not done a good job of gang-tackling.
    • Stovall might even get work right away returning punts or kicks.

Origin

mid 19th century: probably from dialect punt 'push forcibly' Compare with bunt3.

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punt3

Syllabification: punt
Pronunciation: /
 
pənt/

verb

[no object]
  • 1(In some gambling card games) place a bet against the bank.
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    • Therefore, if you were punting with a stake of £2 per point, you would win 32 x £2 = £64.
    • On the first series of downs they found themselves in a fourth-and-one situation and were forced to punt.
  • 1.1British informal Bet or speculate on something: investors are punting on a takeover
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    • But the latest alarm is sounding over growing evidence that small investors are using consumer credit to fund punting on soaring technology shares.
    • But there are much saner and sounder reasons for punting on the Andre Fabre-trained colt in the greatest all-aged race in Europe.
    • But there are still plenty of other ways to have some fun punting on the election result.

noun

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  • A bet: those taking a punt on the company’s success
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    • These types of mortgages give the borrower the security of knowing their repayment will not change, but there is also a gamble because you are taking a punt on interest rates.
    • Is it worth taking a punt on the share price staying high, Rambus doing well, and Hyundai raking it in?
    • However, Chez Panisse is so popular that the place is always booked out for at least a month in advance and therefore anybody going is taking a punt on what they'll get.

Origin

early 18th century: from French ponte 'player against the bank', from Spanish punto 'a point'.

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punt4

Syllabification: punt
Pronunciation: /
 
pənt/

noun

  • The basic monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland (until replaced by the euro), equal to 100 Irish pence.
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    • The old punt is equal to one euro and twenty seven cent.
    • A computer or printer may be originally priced for the world market in dollars or sterling and translated into punts say, once every six months.
    • Francs, Deutschmarks, guilders, punts, drachmas and pesetas will all have gone by the end of February.

Origin

Irish, literally 'pound'.

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Word of the day astrogation
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noun
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