punt: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (punt), [key]
— n.
  1. a kick in which the ball is dropped and then kicked before it touches the ground. Cf.
  2. a small, shallow boat having a flat bottom and square ends, usually used for short outings on rivers or lakes and propelled by poling.
  1. to kick (a dropped ball) before it touches the ground.
  2. to propel (a small boat) by thrusting against the bottom of a lake or stream, esp. with a pole.
  3. to convey in or as if in a punt.
  1. to punt a football.
  2. to propel a boat by thrusting a pole against the bottom of a river, stream, or lake.
  3. to travel or have an outing in a punt.
  4. to equivocate or delay: If they ask you for exact sales figures, you'll have to punt.


Pronunciation: (punt), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to lay a stake against the bank, as at faro.
  2. to gamble, esp. to bet on horse races or other sporting events.
  1. a person who lays a stake against the bank.


Pronunciation: (poont, punt), [key]
— n.
  1. a monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland, equal to 100 pence; Irish pound.


Pronunciation: (poont), [key]
— n.
  1. an ancient Egyptian name of an area not absolutely identified but believed to be Somaliland.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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