Definition of blind adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//blaɪnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//blaɪnd//
    (blinder, blindest) Motoring problems and accidents, Driving
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  1. 1  not able to see Doctors think he will go blind. blind and partially sighted people One of her parents is blind.
  2. 2the blind noun [plural] people who are blind recorded books for the blind guide dogs for the blind More Like This Plural adjectival nouns the blind, the deaf, the destitute, the dead, the dying, the elderly, the faithful, the homeless, the injured, the insane, the jobless, the middle aged, the old, the poor, the rich, the sick, the squeamish, the wealthy, the wicked, the wounded, the youngSee worksheet.
  3. 3blind (to something) not noticing or realizing something She is blind to her husband's faults. I must have been blind not to realize the danger we were in.
  4. 4[usually before noun] (of strong feelings) seeming to be unreasonable, and accepted without question; seeming to be out of control blind faith/obedience It was a moment of blind panic.
  5. 5[usually before noun] (of a situation or an event) that cannot be controlled by reason blind chance the blind force of nature
  6. 6that a driver in a car cannot see, or cannot see around a blind driveway a blind bend/corner See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents, Driving
  7. 7-blind that does not distinguish between people on the basis of the quality mentioned, or favour one group over another In a piece of gender-blind casting, Hamlet is played by British actress Maxine Peake. We are looking to create a more equitable and race-blind society. see also colour-blind (2) see also need-blind
  8. Word OriginOld English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German blind.Extra examples His own problems have made him completely blind to the sufferings of others. Is the public wilfully/​willfully blind to what is going on? She went blind at the age of ten. She’s totally blind to her husband’s faults.Idioms (humorous) not able to see well She’s as blind as a bat without her glasses. More Like ThisSimiles in idioms (as) bald as a coot, (as) blind as a bat, (as) bright as a button, (as) bold as brass, as busy as a bee, as clean as a whistle, (as) dead as a/​the dodo, (as) deaf as a post, (as) dull as ditchwater, (as) fit as a fiddle, as flat as a pancake, (as) good as gold, (as) mad as a hatter/​a March hare, (as) miserable/​ugly as sin, as old as the hills, (as) pleased as Punch, as pretty as a picture, (as) regular as clockwork, (as) quick as a flash, (as) safe as houses, (as) sound as a bell, (as) steady as a rock, (as) thick as two short planks, (as) tough as old bootsSee worksheet.
    the blind leading the blind
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    a situation in which people with almost no experience or knowledge give advice to others who also have no experience or knowledge
    (saying) when you love somebody, you cannot see their faults
    not a blind bit/the blindest bit of…
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    (British English, informal) not any He didn't take a blind bit of notice of me (= he ignored me). It won't make the blindest bit of difference (= it will make no difference at all).
    turn a blind eye (to something)
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    to pretend not to notice something bad that is happening, so you do not have to do anything about it The authorities were either unaware of the problem or they turned a blind eye to it.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: blind