punt
Pronunciation Noun

punt (plural punts)

  1. (nautical) A pontoon; a narrow shallow boat propelled by a pole.
Translations
  • German: Stocherkahn
  • Italian: barchino
  • Russian: плоскодонка
  • Spanish: batea
Verb

punt (punts, present participle punting; past and past participle punted)

  1. (nautical) To propel a punt or similar craft by means of a pole.
Translations Pronunciation Verb

punt (punts, present participle punting; past and past participle punted)

  1. To dropkick; to kick something a considerable distance.
    • 1975, Barry Targan, Harry Belten and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, page 133:
      At the dump he emptied the station wagon quickly and only once punted a bag of refuse, exploding it like a pinata at a Mexican Christmas.
    • 2019, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, We Cast a Shadow (One World, ISBN 9780525509080), page 100:
      He even hated pets—I once saw him punt a cat.
    1. (rugby, American football, Australian Rules football, Gaelic football, soccer, transitive, intransitive) To kick a ball dropped from the hands before it hits the ground. (This puts the ball farther from the goal across which the opposing team is attempting to score, so improves the chances of the team punting.)
    2. (soccer) To kick a bouncing ball far and high.
  2. (colloquial, intransitive) To equivocate and delay or put off (answering a question, addressing an issue, etc).
    • 2014, John Prados, The Family Jewels: The CIA, Secrecy, and Presidential Power, University of Texas Press (ISBN 9780292762152), page 91:
      The briefer reported it had been terminated on orders from Secretary Schlesinger, but attributed this to a sense Shamrock produced little, not to the fact it had been discovered. The NSA briefer punted on whether Fort Meade had been reading Americans' private messages, ...
  3. To retreat from one's objective; to abandon an effort one still notionally supports.
  4. (colloquial, intransitive) To make the best choice from a set of non-ideal alternatives.
Noun

punt (plural punts)

  1. (rugby, American football, soccer) A kick made by a player who drops the ball and kicks it before it hits the ground.
Pronunciation Noun

punt (plural punts)

  1. A point in the game of faro.
  2. The act of playing at basset, baccara, faro, etc.
  3. A bet or wager.
  4. (AU) Gambling, as a pastime, especially betting on horseraces or the dogs.
  5. A highly speculative investment or other commitment.
  6. A wild guess.
  7. An indentation in the base of a wine bottle.
  8. (glassblowing) A thin glass rod which is temporarily attached to a larger piece in order to better manipulate the larger piece.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: indentazione
Verb

punt (punts, present participle punting; past and past participle punted)

  1. To play at basset, baccara, faro, etc.
  2. (Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, UK) To stake against the bank, to back a horse, to gamble or take a chance more generally
    • She heard […] of his punting at gaming tables.
  3. (figuratively) To make a highly speculative investment or other commitment, or take a wild guess.
Translations Translations Related terms Pronunciation Noun

punt (plural punts)

  1. The Irish pound, used as the unit of currency of Ireland until it was replaced by the euro in 2002.



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