from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An open flatbottom boat with squared ends, used in shallow waters and usually propelled by a long pole.
  • transitive v. To propel (a boat) with a pole.
  • transitive v. To carry in a punt.
  • intransitive v. To go in a punt.
  • n. A kick in which the ball is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground.
  • transitive v. To propel (a ball) by means of a punt.
  • intransitive v. To execute a punt.
  • intransitive v. Informal To cease doing something; give up: Let's punt on this and try something else.
  • intransitive v. Games To lay a bet against the bank, as in roulette.
  • intransitive v. Chiefly British Slang To gamble.
  • n. The indentation in the bottom of a champagne or wine bottle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pontoon; a narrow shallow boat propelled by a pole.
  • v. To propel a punt or similar craft by means of a pole.
  • v. To kick a ball dropped from the hands before it hits the ground.
  • v. To kick a bouncing ball far and high.
  • v. To retreat from one's objective.
  • n. A kick made by a player who drops the ball and kicks it before it hits the ground. Contrast drop kick.
  • n. A point in the game of faro.
  • n. A bet or wager
  • n. An indentation in the base of a wine bottle.
  • n. A thin glass rod which is temporarily attached to a larger piece in order to better manipulate the larger piece.
  • v. To stake against the bank, to back a horse, to gamble or take a chance more generally
  • v. To make a highly speculative investment or other commitment, or take a wild guess.
  • n. The Irish pound, used as the unit of currency of Ireland until it was replaced by the euro in 2002.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act of playing at basset, baccara, faro, etc.
  • n. A flat-bottomed boat with square ends. It is adapted for use in shallow waters.
  • n. The act of punting the ball.
  • intransitive v. To play at basset, baccara, faro. or omber; to gamble.
  • intransitive v. To boat or hunt in a punt.
  • intransitive v. To punt a football.
  • transitive v. To propel, as a boat in shallow water, by pushing with a pole against the bottom; to push or propel (anything) with exertion.
  • transitive v. To kick (the ball) before it touches the ground, when let fall from the hands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To convey in a punt: as, he was punted across tho river.
  • To propel as a punt is usually propelled, by pushing with a pole against the bed of the water; force along by pushing: as, to punt a boat.
  • In fool-ball, to kick, as the ball, when it is dropped from the hands, and before it touches the ground; give a punt to.
  • In general, to knock; hit.
  • To hunt for aquatic game in a punt and with a punt-gun (which see).
  • To play at basset or ombre.
  • n. A flat-bottomed, square-ended, mastless boat of varying size and use.
  • n. [⟨ punt, verb, 3.] In foot-ball, a kick of the ball as it is dropped from the hands and before it strikes the ground.
  • n. A point in the game of basset.
  • n. Same as punty, pontil.
  • n. A push or shove.
  • n. In glass manufacturing Same as milen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. propel with a pole
  • v. place a bet on
  • n. formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence
  • n. an open flat-bottomed boat used in shallow waters and propelled by a long pole
  • v. kick the ball
  • n. (football) a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground


Probably Middle English *punt, from Old English punt, from Latin pontō, pontoon, flatbottom boat, from pōns, pont-, bridge.
Perhaps from dialectal punt, to strike, push, perhaps alteration of bunt.
French ponter, from obsolete pont, past participle of pondre, to put (obsolete), to lay an egg, from Old French, to lay an egg, from Latin pōnere.
Perhaps from punty, iron rod used in glass blowing, probably from French pontil, from pointe, point, from Old French; see point.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English, probably from Latin ponto ("Gaulish flat-bottomed boat, pontoon"), from pons ("bridge") (Wiktionary)
Possibly a dialectal variant of bunt; Rugby is the origin of the sports usage of the term. (Wiktionary)
From French ponte or Spanish punto ("point"). (Wiktionary)
From Irish punt, from Middle English pund. (Wiktionary)



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  • milen

    January 15, 2013

  • The hollow at the bottom of a wine bottle--also called a kick

    February 23, 2007