- The definition of a stunt is the process that causes someone or something to stop growing, or something outrageous which is done to get attention.
- An example of a stunt is a chemical that makes plants stop growing.
- An example of a stunt is juggling balls of fire.
- Stunt is defined as to slow down or stop the growth of something.
An example of to stunt is to stop feeding a plant, thereby causing its growth to stop.
- to check the growth or development of; dwarf
- to hinder (growth or development)
Origin of stunt; from dialect, dialectal , short and thick, stunted ; from Middle English dull, stupid (with sense influenced, influence by Old Norse stuttr, short) ; from Old English ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)teud- ; from base an unverified form (s)teu-, to strike from source stock
- the act or process of stunting or dwarfing
- a stunted creature or thing
- any of various plant diseases causing stunting
- a display of skill or daring; feat; trick
- something done for a thrill, to attract attention, etc.
- ☆ Football any of various maneuvers involving different sets of defensive players, usually used to confuse the blockers while blitzing the quarterback
Origin of stunt; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
transitive verbstunt·ed, stunt·ing, stunts
- One that stunts.
- One that is stunted.
- A plant disease that causes dwarfing.
Origin of stuntFrom Middle English stunnt, foolish, short-witted, short (influenced by Old Norse stuttr, short, dwarfish), from Old English stunt.
- A feat displaying unusual strength, skill, or daring.
- Something done to attract attention or publicity.
intransitive verbstunt·ed, stunt·ing, stunts
Origin of stuntOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present stunts, present participle stunting, simple past and past participle stunted)
- To check or hinder the growth or development of.
- Some have said smoking stunts your growth.
- The politician timed his announcement to stunt any surge in the polls his opponent might gain from the convention.
- (intransitive, cheerleading) To perform a stunt.
- (intransitive, slang, African American Vernacular) To show off; to posture.
From dialectal stunt (“stubborn, dwarfed”), from Middle English stont, stunt (“short, brief”), from Old English stunt (“stupid, foolish, simple”), from Proto-Germanic *stuntaz (“short, compact, stupid, dull”). Cognate with Middle High German stunz (“short”), Old Norse stuttr (“short in stature, dwarfed”). Related to Old English styntan (“to make dull, stupefy, become dull, repress”). More at stint.