There are 4 definitions of punt in English:

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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: [no object]: in summer you can enjoy punting along the river
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  • The last highlight of our trip was being punted along the River Welland by Ashley Hatton, a young man who had the idea for this unusual business last summer.
  • Lucy Boston was captivated by it when she first saw the Manor in 1915, while punting along the river with her brother.
  • A variation of the first was to punt yourself along, feet pointing straight downward, gathering speed all the time by pushing off left and right.

Origin

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

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verb

[with object]
1 [with adverbial of direction] Soccer Kick (the ball) a long distance upfield: the Leeds player kindly punted the ball back to them
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  • Holland punts a ball upfield and into what appears to be a parallel universe, where Kevin Kilbane is able to beat his man and deliver a decent cross into the box.
  • Ten minutes later Foulger punted the ball upfield and Hoyle flicked it on for Jamie Longley to steer it in.
  • At the restart, Armoy fluffed the catch and Shane Hadden was there to punt the ball upfield.
2 American Football & Rugby Kick the ball after it has dropped from the hands and before it reaches the ground: he used to be able to punt a football farther than anyone [no object]: the Raiders could get nowhere with their possession, and had to punt
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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.

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An act of punting a ball: Wood failed to cut out a long punt from Nicholas
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  • Happe also served as the Beaver's long snapper on punts and placekicks.
  • Ibrahimovic collects the ball from a big punt up the park.
  • He never makes a had snap and delivers the ball with great velocity on punts and place kicks.

Origin

mid 19th century: probably from dialect punt 'push forcibly'. Compare with bunt1.

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verb

[no object]
1(In some gambling card games) lay a stake 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'.

Phrases

take (or have) a punt at

Australian/NZ informal Attempt to do (something).
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  • Mystic Medusa tells all, and also takes a punt at some eminent personages, including the Pope and the Dalai Lama.
  • He didn't need to laugh at me as I failed to dispossess him, or to use his goalkeeper to run upfield to have a punt at goal.
  • Everyone's having a punt at shattering the race leader on the last real climb of the Tour.

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noun

(Until the introduction of the euro in 2002) the basic monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland, equal to 100 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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