- 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 (â€œstubborn, dwarfedâ€), from Middle English stont, stunt (â€œshort, briefâ€), from Old English stunt (â€œstupid, foolish, simpleâ€), from Proto-Germanic *stuntaz (â€œshort, compact, stupid, dullâ€). Cognate with Middle High German stunz (â€œshortâ€), Old Norse stuttr (â€œshort in stature, dwarfedâ€). Related to Old English styntan (â€œto make dull, stupefy, become dull, repressâ€). More at stint.