Definition of punt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pʌnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pʌnt//
    Types of boats and ships, Rugby, American football
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  1. 1 a long shallow boat with a flat bottom and square ends which is moved by pushing the end of a long pole against the bottom of a river See related entries: Types of boats and ships
  2. 2(British English, informal) a bet The investment is little more than a punt.
  3. 3(in rugby or American football) a long kick made after dropping the ball from your hands See related entries: Rugby, American football
  4. Word Originnoun sense 1 Old English, from Latin ponto, denoting a flat-bottomed ferry boat; readopted in the early 16th cent. from Middle Low German punte or Middle Dutch ponte ‘ferry boat’, of the same origin. noun sense 3 mid 19th cent.: probably from dialect punt ‘push forcibly’. Compare with bunt.
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