American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To check the growth or development of.
- n. One that stunts.
- n. One that is stunted.
- n. A plant disease that causes dwarfing.
- n. A feat displaying unusual strength, skill, or daring.
- n. Something done to attract attention or publicity.
- v. To perform stunts or a stunt.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dull; obtuse; stupid; foolish.
- Fierce; angry.
- To make a fool of.
- To check; cramp; hinder; stint: used of growth or progress.
- To check the growth or development of; hinder the increase or progress or; cramp; dwarf: as, to stunt a child by hard usage.
- n. An animal which has been prevented from attaining its proper growth; a stunted creature; specifically, a whale of two years, which, having been weaned, is lean, and yields but little blubber.
- n. A check in growth; a partial or complete arrest of development or progress.
- n. A feat; a performance of more or less difficulty, especially in athletics.
- An assistant; assistant.
- n. A daring or dangerous feat, often involving the display of gymnastic skills.
- n. archaic skill
- v. transitive To check or hinder the growth or development of.
- v. intransitive, slang, African American Vernacular To show off; to posture.
- n. A check in growth.
- n. That which has been checked in growth; a stunted animal or thing.
- n. A two-year-old whale, which, having been weaned, is lean and yields little blubber.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To hinder from growing to the natural size; to prevent the growth of; to stint, to dwarf.
- n. A check in growth; also, that which has been checked in growth; a stunted animal or thing.
- n. Specifically: A whale two years old, which, having been weaned, is lean, and yields but little blubber.
- n. colloq. A feat hard to perform; an act which is striking for the skill, strength, or the like, required to do it; a feat.
- n. an unusual action performed to gain public attention.
- v. check the growth or development of
- n. a creature (especially a whale) that has been prevented from attaining full growth
- n. a difficult or unusual or dangerous feat; usually done to gain attention
- v. perform a stunt or stunts
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English stunnt, foolish, short-witted, short (influenced by Old Norse stuttr, short, dwarfish), from Old English stunt.Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Anyone who thinks this stunt is anything more than that is kidding themselves.”
“I had a lot of respect for them but this stunt is ashamedly disgusting.”
“This stunt is the last thing a person of Faith would expect from his minister.”
“If this stunt is a success, think of some of the other celebrations we might be subjected to: Southern Nationalists holding John Wilkes Booth Days complete with reenactments of his most famous moment in a theater, Timothy McVeigh Days with a reenactment of the last moments of the Murrah daycare center, and, of course, Mohamed Atta Days with what horrors I'll leave you to imagine.”
“Records show he was convicted last year in Ontario of what they called stunt driving.”
“Obama is targeting what he calls a stunt by Senator McCain.”
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“After doing call time today at Norwood HQ, I can tell you firsthand that your little stunt is the electoral equivalent of poking a stick at a hornet's nest.”
“Mercury News – Girl ghost rider injured in stunt, May 7, 2009”
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