transitive verb, intransitive verb
- Brit., Dialectal to strike or butt with or as with horns
- ☆ Baseball to bat (a pitched ball) lightly without swinging so that it rolls within the infield, usually in attempting to advance a base runner
Origin: < ? ME bounten, to return
- a butt or shove
- ☆ Baseball
- the act of bunting
- a bunted ball
Origin: < earlier dial., a puffball
- the sagging part of a fish net
- the bellying part of a square sail
Origin: < ? MLowG & MDu, a binding, bundle; akin to bind
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verb bunt·ed, bunt·ing, bunts verb, transitive
- Baseball a. To bat (a pitched ball) by tapping it lightly so that the ball rolls slowly in front of the infielders.b. To cause (a base runner) to advance or (a run) to score by bunting.
- To push or strike with or as if with the head; butt.
- Baseball To bunt a pitched ball: The batter squared away to bunt.
- To butt.
- Baseball a. The act of bunting.b. A bunted ball.
- A butt with or as if with the head.
Origin: Dialectal, to push, strike.
- buntˈer noun
- The middle portion of a sail, especially a square one, that is shaped like a pouch to increase the effect of the wind.
- The pouchlike midsection of a fishing net in which the catch is concentrated.
Origin: Perhaps from Swedish bunt or Danish bundt, both of Low German origin.
Origin: Origin unknown.