- Brit., Dial. to strike or butt with or as with horns
- Baseball to bat (a pitched ball) lightly without swinging, so that the ball rolls slowly into the infield, usually in attempting to advance a base runner
Origin of buntfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle English bounten, to return
- a butt or shove
- the act of bunting
- a bunted ball
Origin of buntfrom earlier dialect, dialectal , a puffball
- the sagging part of a fish net
- the bellying part of a square sail
Origin of buntfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle Low German and MDu, a binding, bundle; akin to bind
verbbunt·ed, bunt·ing, bunts
- 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 of buntDialectal to push, strike
- 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 of buntPerhaps from Swedish bunt or Danish bundt both of Low German origin
Origin of buntOrigin unknown
- The middle part, cavity, or belly of a sail; the part of a furled sail which is at the center of the yard.
- The bunt of the sail was green.
- (baseball, softball) A ball that has been intentionally hit softly so as to be difficult to field, sometimes with a hands-spread batting stance or with a close-hand, choked-up hand position. No swinging action is involved.
- The bunt was fielded cleanly.
- (baseball, softball) The act of bunting
- The manager will likely call for a bunt here.
- (aviation) The second half of an outside loop, from level flight to inverted flight.
- A fungus (Ustilago foetida) affecting the ear of cereals, filling the grains with a foetid dust; pepperbrand.
(third-person singular simple present bunts, present participle bunting, simple past and past participle bunted)
- (baseball) to intentionally hit softly with a hands-spread batting stance
- Jones bunted the ball.
- (intransitive, baseball) to intentionally hit a ball softly with a hands-spread batting stance
- Jones bunted.
- (intransitive, aviation) to perform (the second half of) an outside loop.
- We had heard that there was an elite group of three or four pilots in Jodhpur called the "Bunt Club", who had successfully bunted their aircraft - that is, carried out the second half of an outside loop. In the Bunt, you pushed the nose down, past the vertical and still further, until you were in horizontal inverted flight, and came out on the other side and rolled it out.
- (intransitive, nautical) To swell out.
- The sail bunts.
- (rare, of a cat) To headbutt affectionately.