Definitions

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

  • transitive 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.
  • intransitive v. To perform stunts or a stunt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A daring or dangerous feat, often involving the display of gymnastic skills.
  • n. skill
  • v. To check or hinder the growth or development of.
  • v. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive 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. 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.

from The 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
Unknown. (Wiktionary)
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)

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  • Stubborn, fierce, angry. Definition given for this old Lincolnshire provincial term in Grose's 1787 A Provincial Glossary.

    May 5, 2011