Definition of blindfold in US English:



  • A piece of cloth tied around the head to cover someone's eyes.

    • ‘However, there is evidence of the shameful goings on at Guantanamo Bay, where cameras have shown us cages not fit for animals, shackles, gags, hoods and blindfolds.’
    • ‘They were allowed to take off their blindfolds, but had to cover their eyes every time a guard entered their tiny bare room, where they squatted on mattresses on the ground.’
    • ‘Viewers saw her arriving at a hotel, where she later claimed that she and the man she was meeting for the first time had worn blindfolds in a bedroom and spent the afternoon trying to find each other.’
    • ‘If parents are upset about this then they must wear blindfolds while watching the news.’
    • ‘It's 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning and a group of busy professional adults are standing around in a tennis court wearing blindfolds, arguing loudly and clutching a long piece of rope.’
    • ‘Impatient fingers untied the knots, pulling the blindfolds from my eyes.’
    • ‘Investigating further, he found that with wadded up cloths in her eye sockets and two thick blindfolds around her head, she could still read the cards and even write, dotting the I's in the correct places.’
    • ‘And we have not been sitting back with earplugs and blindfolds.’
    • ‘And I just saw him looking very distressed before they forced him into his seat, and put a blindfold on him and covered his handcuffs with a blanket.’
    • ‘For me I'm a little bit claustrophobic, so whenever I've had the sensory deprivation, the gags and the blindfolds and of course the heat I would get panicked.’
    • ‘This time round they will need blindfolds and earmuffs as well.’
    • ‘A new blindfolding arrangement, consisting of two sets of blindfolds plus a canvas bag over the head, was tried out on the pastor, who reported that he couldn't see a thing.’
    • ‘For one thing, accepting a writer's distinctive style requires an act of faith from readers, and we usually like to know that someone can shoot a bow and arrow before we put blindfolds over our eyes and apples on our heads.’
    • ‘Other journalists have witnessed detainees ‘wearing only underwear and blindfolds, handcuffed and lying in the dirt 24 hours after their capture.’’
    • ‘Alia nervously giggled because her eyes were covered with a blindfold.’
    • ‘I looked down at my hands to see that they were holding a cloth; a blindfold.’
    • ‘Their horses' right eyes were patched over with blindfolds and their flanks hidden under thirty-three pounds of quilted cotton canvas.’
    • ‘The panelists donned blindfolds and out came the host of Let's Make a Deal, Monty Hall, accompanied by the lovely Carol Merrill, who modelled prizes on that show.’
    • ‘People who've tried it out - including sighted people who wear blindfolds - describe the tongue sensations as ‘tingling or bubbling’.’
    • ‘The odd thing about this sight, though, was that a blue blindfold covered the Angel Prince's eyes.’


[with object]
  • Deprive (someone) of sight by tying a piece of cloth around the head so as to cover the eyes.

    • ‘The girls were blindfolded and turned around three times; then they had to hit the shoe until it broke and the goodies spilled out.’
    • ‘One day they woke him up early at prison, beat him severely, blindfolded him and took him away in a car.’
    • ‘Then they attempted a repeat of the 1970s hostage-style device, blindfolding foreigners in a ploy designed to intimidate troops out of the country.’
    • ‘Police say five men abducted the driver while he was asleep in the cab, wrapping tape around his head and blindfolding him.’
    • ‘He subdued the man and gagged and blindfolded the young woman.’
    • ‘The new member was blindfolded, tied to a tree and shot with paint pellets.’
    • ‘He told how he was blindfolded, taken to an interrogation centre and tortured for seven weeks.’
    • ‘Other avant-garde chefs go overboard with such devices as offering odors to be sniffed, blindfolding customers, or dispensing food with syringes; this was our meal's only foray into combinations of smells and tastes.’
    • ‘At the same time, he broke the world motorcycle record for a blind or blindfolded person.’
    • ‘Her eyes then slid to the waterfall, cascading in a sparkle, blindfolding her from something.’
    • ‘He then blindfolded her and led her to her chair at the table.’
    • ‘‘Our incentives package is akin to tying a boxer's hands behind his back, blindfolding him and throwing him into the ring with a world champion,’ said Maclean.’
    • ‘We were blindfolded before we travelled some distance to reach his hideout.’
    • ‘The invite came with a dart, which each blindfolded guest was required to throw at a giant map of the world.’
    • ‘The police found his body abandoned on a roadside with a red hankie blindfolding him.’
    • ‘The documents are just part of a huge cache of terror tools shown to blindfolded Western reporters.’
    • ‘I imagine, though I didn't see it because I was blindfolded, that they were doing it with a razor blade or a scalpel.’
    • ‘Even though he was blindfolded all the time, they kept him alright and they did not mistreat or beat him in any way.’
    • ‘You can always count on this one for some comedy capers as blindfolded people crash into things.’
    • ‘Afterwards, Dan surprised me by blindfolding me, and driving me somewhere.’


  • 1Wearing a blindfold.

    • ‘Nobody could believe it when Mr O'Brien was found dead in a blood-soaked bedroom, naked and trussed up in handcuffs, blindfold and gagged.’
    • ‘The driver would be blindfold and the passenger would direct them.’
    • ‘Then on the 28th, after video surfaced with him blindfold with a sword over his head, he was listed as captured.’
    • ‘The effect is not purely psychological: red light increases blood pressure and blue decreases it, even if the subject is blindfold.’
    • ‘To this end, a map was purchased, into which, whilst blindfold, he thrust a pin.’
    1. 1.1 (of a game of chess) conducted without sight of board and pieces.
      • ‘In the Utut-Zhu game, the victory avenged Zhu's Sunday defeat when Utut overpowered her in two games of their blindfold chess exhibition.’
      • ‘Finally, let's see how Leko ended up having his queen completely gift-wrapped in his blindfold game against Piket.’
      • ‘A blindfold test of this album might yield guesses like Stereolab in their garage days or a guitar-less Zappa, but Need New Body's zany debut is a free-standing oddity.’
      • ‘The blindfold game ended in a surprisingly short draw, after Kramnik had equalised with black in the Lasker variation of the Queen's Gambit.’
      • ‘Making his debut in the tournament, Morozevich suddenly found a hidden talent for the art of blindfold chess.’


  • 1With a blindfold covering the eyes.

    ‘the reporter was driven blindfold to meet the gangster’
    • ‘Each year I ask my two children, Zoe, now 17, and Oliver, 15, to pick shares blindfold with a pin.’
    • ‘It was a little like riding a roller coaster blindfold.’
    • ‘I'm going into it blindfold, but I love the script.’
    • ‘He throws his knives blindfold, barely nicking his lovely target, inciting the pair to ever more reckless acts.’
    • ‘Ordeal by fire required suspects (usually freemen) to carry hot irons, or to walk blindfold and barefoot through red-hot ploughshares or over heated coals.’
    1. 1.1 Done with great ease and confidence, as if it could have been done wearing a blindfold.
      ‘missing putts that he would normally hole blindfold’
      • ‘Learn how the knot of your choice should be tied and practise till you can tie it blindfold.’
      • ‘Chris, however was so in tune with his bike I'm sure he could have ridden blindfold had I asked him to.’
      • ‘It got to the point that I could make them blindfold, in about four minutes with no recipe, because I did it every single day.’
      • ‘Luckily Stefan can ski his way through these trees blindfold.’
      • ‘It moves forward as furtively as a guerilla able to walk jungle paths blindfold.’


Mid 16th century: alteration, by association with fold, of blindfeld, past participle of obsolete blindfell ‘strike blind, blindfold’, from Old English geblindfellan (see blind, fell).