Definition of blindfold in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈblʌɪn(d)fəʊld


  • A piece of cloth tied round the head to cover someone’s eyes.
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    • Other journalists have witnessed detainees ‘wearing only underwear and blindfolds, handcuffed and lying in the dirt 24 hours after their capture.’
    • It's 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning and a group of busy professional adults are standing around in a tennis court wearing blindfolds, arguing loudly and clutching a long piece of rope.
    • However, there is evidence of the shameful goings on at Guantanamo Bay, where cameras have shown us cages not fit for animals, shackles, gags, hoods and blindfolds.


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  • Deprive (someone) of sight by tying a blindfold round their head: he was blindfolded and trussed up in a cupboard
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    • Then they attempted a repeat of the 1970s hostage-style device, blindfolding foreigners in a ploy designed to intimidate troops out of the country.
    • Police say five men abducted the driver while he was asleep in the cab, wrapping tape around his head and blindfolding him.
    • The police found his body abandoned on a roadside with a red hankie blindfolding him.

adverb & adjective

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  • 1With a blindfold covering the eyes: [as adverb]: the reporter was driven blindfold to meet the gangster
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    • I'm going into it blindfold, but I love the script.
    • Each year I ask my two children, Zoe, now 17, and Oliver, 15, to pick shares blindfold with a pin.
    • He throws his knives blindfold, barely nicking his lovely target, inciting the pair to ever more reckless acts.
  • 1.1(Of a game of chess) conducted without sight of board and pieces.
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    • In the Utut-Zhu game, the victory avenged Zhu's Sunday defeat when Utut overpowered her in two games of their blindfold chess exhibition.
    • Finally, let's see how Leko ended up having his queen completely gift-wrapped in his blindfold game against Piket.
    • The blindfold game ended in a surprisingly short draw, after Kramnik had equalised with black in the Lasker variation of the Queen's Gambit.
  • 1.2 [as adverb] Used to convey that something is done with great ease and confidence: he missed putts that he would normally hole blindfold
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    • Luckily Stefan can ski his way through these trees blindfold.
    • It got to the point that I could make them blindfold, in about four minutes with no recipe, because I did it every single day.
    • Chris, however was so in tune with his bike I'm sure he could have ridden blindfold had I asked him to.


mid 16th century: alteration, by association with fold1, of blindfeld, past participle of obsolete blindfell 'strike blind, blindfold', from Old English geblindfellan (see blind, fell2).

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