Main definitions of punt in US English:

: punt1punt2punt3punt4

punt1

noun

  • A long, narrow flat-bottomed boat, square at both ends and propelled with a long pole, used on inland waters chiefly for recreation.

    • ‘It was rather like trotting from a punt in traditional Thames style with the boat moored across the stream.’
    • ‘Then we'd sit and watch all the punts and boats going by from morning to tea-time, playing a bit of football or baseball and fighting to get the best place on the rug.’
    • ‘The cup is for small punts with outboard motors of 10 hp or less.’
    • ‘Where once the harbour might have had a currach or two tied up, the inlet is now festooned with yachts and dinghies and motor boats and punts of all shapes and sizes.’
    • ‘You steer by pulling the quant through the water behind the punt.’
    • ‘We understand that this equipment should never be used by people without Medical training and was therefore dangerous and totally useless in punts and small boats.’
    • ‘From early on, punts were used to ferry goods and passengers across but, with the building of the bridge, the trip became less hazardous.’
    • ‘The punt was finally brought ashore and laid upside down against a garden wall at our home in Cork.’
    • ‘The oil painting features a boy and girl on a punt on a waterway.’
    • ‘The tarpon fishing was carried out in flat-bottomed punts called jon boats.’
    • ‘I had no oars because I thought I could propel the punt with a primitive sail that I had assembled.’
    • ‘The punts come complete with mooring weights and paddles which are more than adequate in this non-tidal section of the Thames.’
    • ‘As Casper dunked one ball after another into the water on the 16th hole it was clear that the punt was about to pay-off in spectacular style.’
    • ‘The pole of a punt is a dangerous weapon in the hands of the inexperienced, and as such pleasure crafts journey too far into the path into the path of our rowing heroes ‘bumps’ literally will occur.’
    • ‘We would anchor off and row ashore in the punt and have a picnic on the beach.’
    • ‘We were rammed once by an undergrad punting a whale of a barge of a punt, but everyone stayed in the punt, including, happily the guy attached to the punt pole - me.’
    • ‘I could hear the water lapping on the sides of my punt.’
    • ‘The team have drawn up a list of three potential sites for landing stages for the punts, the first at Castle Mill, the second at the Coppergate Centre, the third on the Hungate site.’
    • ‘She and Ali sat in a tiny punt beneath the last dock, he fixing her with a stare thick with the promise of violence.’
    • ‘A passerby on shore heard the cries for help, broke a window in a yacht club, grabbed a pair of oars, slipped a punt in the water and rowed out to where he heard the shouting.’
    venture, speculation, risk, gamble
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verb

  • Travel or convey in a punt.

    • ‘Sparkles of light danced off the lagoon as black-veiled women punted by in longboats.’
    • ‘Each punt against the water pushed her farther aloft.’
    • ‘In one picture, above, a couple and a friend are punted down the River Foss, with the magnificent Clifford's Tower in the background.’
    • ‘Those pungent orangewood sticks push back encroaching cuticles, punts through muddy water.’
    • ‘Taking hold of the oars, I would row the punt around and around in circles, imagining that I was captain of my own craft.’
    • ‘Yes, yes, centuries of tradition, punting on the Cam, Harry Potter gowns, what really freaks people out are the rising bollards.’
    • ‘The rowers turned their oars over to a blunt end they used to punt their craft along through the shallows to within five feet of the beach.’
    • ‘Although I started off learning to use a centre pin with my Grandfather from the bank, I gained a lot of experience trotting from a punt on the tidal Thames.’
    • ‘This time I got into the Ceilidh, and Salsa and stick dancing classes - as well as some night punting.’
    • ‘Canadian studies of skeletons reveal they may have had an inflatable sac inside their bodies which allowed them to float and punt along in shallow water.’
    • ‘The fishermen of Annamalaicheri village on Pulicat lake, punt their boats at dawn in winter.’
    • ‘An afternoon punting on the Cam in the sunshine seems a straightforward enough pleasure.’
    • ‘You can build your own raft out of bamboo, and punt along the Klemin river or cruise down the Pimpin rivers by sampan.’
    • ‘The last highlight of our trip was being punted along the River Welland by Ashley Hatton, a young man who had the idea for this unusual business last summer.’
    • ‘A flight in the vintage aircraft was one treat, with a punt down the Thames at Henley, then a restaurant meal to follow.’
    • ‘I sat on a chair in the middle while Lemmy Nyambe punted us into the stream.’
    • ‘Students have complained that the failure to use a picture of punting on the Cherwell is at odds with the Ball's claims to be an occasion which celebrates Oxford.’
    • ‘Jamaica's lush interior is stunning, and the best way to see it is on a lazy river ride, being punted on your own personal bamboo raft.’
    • ‘St George, Jerusalem, the Royal family, the green and pleasant lands of the home counties, punting on the Thames, cricket on the village green, our great and famous public schools, Last Night of the Proms?’
    • ‘A variation of the first was to punt yourself along, feet pointing straight downward, gathering speed all the time by pushing off left and right.’
    • ‘One evening in the summer we used to go punting up the river and have supper at the Green Man at Grantchester.’
    • ‘Yesterday my only commitments were champagne punting and picnicking, and a costume fitting for the play.’
    • ‘Any doubts are fully confirmed shortly afterwards, when Ted and Sylvia go punting along the Cam and come to a field of cows.’
    • ‘Here's wishing you all well for three day's punting.’
    • ‘Lucy Boston was captivated by it when she first saw the Manor in 1915, while punting along the river with her brother.’
    • ‘Mention Oxford, and images of daydreaming dons and youths punting on the Cherwell come to mind.’
    • ‘Two men would have worked the boat, punting it along.’
    • ‘Today, he was riding in it, punting along with a rubber ended broom handle, playing on the kazoo, and attempting to look like a gondola owner.’
    • ‘Fireworks, a fun-fair and night punting on the riverbanks.’

Origin

Old English, from Latin ponto, denoting a flat-bottomed ferry boat; readopted in the early 16th century from Middle Low German punte or Middle Dutch ponte ‘ferry boat’, of the same origin.

Pronunciation

punt

/pənt//pənt/

Main definitions of punt in US English:

: punt1punt2punt3punt4

punt2

verb

  • 1American Football
    with object Kick (the ball) after it is dropped from the hands and before it reaches the ground.

    ‘he used to be able to punt a football farther than anyone’
    • ‘Even Michigan star receiver Marquise Walker has returned punts and blocked a punt this season.’
    • ‘Peek beat his man and put a big hand on the football just as it was punted.’
    • ‘He mishandled multiple punts, so veteran Troy Edwards will handle punt returns Week 1 in Pittsburgh.’
    • ‘At this rate, the Dolphins will have a punt or two blocked down the stretch.’
    • ‘Buchanan picked off his fifth punt that went for a first down.’
    1. 1.1no object (of an offensive team) turn possession over to the defensive team by punting the ball after failing to make a first down.
      ‘the Raiders could get nowhere with their possession, and had to punt’
      • ‘Play it straight, get a stop, and Oakland will punt, giving New York possession around midfield.’
      • ‘Make no mistake, Moss will be the No.1 returner, but teams will try to punt away from him once they realize how dangerous he is.’
      • ‘In football, he plays wide receiver and corner, plus he does all his team's punting, kicking and kick returns.’
      • ‘Of course, when it comes to punting, the fact that the above-mentioned teams are offered as bets is a nightmare.’
      • ‘Coming back from intermission, Jason Simmons nabbed a toss deflected by Jason Babin, but the offense sputtered again and punted.’
  • 2US no object Delay in answering or taking action; equivocate.

    ‘he would continue to punt on questions of Medicare’
    • ‘Edgeio seems to be punting on that question for the moment.’
    • ‘But there's a reason why most of the investigations into the prison have punted on the essential question of executive responsibility.’
    • ‘Whereas most games handle such issues internally, Linden Labs is basically punting on the issue to the US court system.’
    • ‘When the case finally made it to the Commission two years later, the court punted on the constitutionality question.’

noun

  • An act of punting a ball.

    • ‘Knox went to punt, but a strong rush by Macalester forced the punter to hurry the kick, and the punt went only 5 yards.’
    • ‘It doesn't take much imagination to envision Evans returning kickoffs and punts as well.’
    • ‘His ability to return punts and kicks adds to his value… One reason the team has not stopped the run consistently this year is because it has not done a good job of gang-tackling.’
    • ‘He served as Hampton's primary kickoff returner and also returned punts on occasion.’
    • ‘Toronto and Waterloo spent most of the first half exchanging the ball via punts and squandering opportunities.’
    • ‘In his only season on the Packers in 1974, Hall-of-Famer Ted Hendricks blocked three field goals, three punts, and one extra point.’
    • ‘Newman blocked two kicks as a junior and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown as a sophomore.’
    • ‘Palace almost paid the price for their profligacy, when Svensson and Roberts both flicked on a long punt and the ball fell invitingly for McKenzie just 12 yards out.’
    • ‘Stovall might even get work right away returning punts or kicks.’
    • ‘They've had a couple of great punts, some good returns and a short touchdown run, but other than that, they haven't been making plays.’
    • ‘Between the two of them, the Texans would also have some flexibility as to who would return kickoffs and punts as both are capable in that department.’
    • ‘We frequently conceded goals which were, frankly, hopeful punts from the opposing penalty area, which would roll limply into the goal as the defence fled in terror at the round white thing in their midst.’
    • ‘Crude punts into the home penalty box caused unbelievable problems and the Minstermen always looked vulnerable to counter-attacks.’
    • ‘He spent time in the offseason and training camp learning how to improve his high and short punts on kicks from near midfield.’
    • ‘After a wobbly period Chelsea fight back: a long punt forward nearly puts Gudjohnsen in, and then Gallas's 40-yard thumper bounces just past Kahn's post.’
    • ‘Lots of battling in midfield, then aimless punts forward to chase.’
    • ‘Happe also served as the Beaver's long snapper on punts and placekicks.’
    • ‘Lonely dribbles from the half way line and big punts for Drogba to knock down seemed to be all they had to offer.’
    • ‘Adebayor got his head to a long punt from the keeper.’
    • ‘Kingston charges out of his box to head the ball clear as Ze Roberto tried to latch onto a hopeful punt from the back.’
    • ‘Aimless punts gave Macclesfield the ball with time and space to counter-attack - an invitation to which they readily responded - and carelessness in contact led to a series of turnovers.’
    • ‘Two came in the form of special-teams meltdowns by Steelers, as a blocked field goal and a punt return both ended in Patriots touchdowns.’
    • ‘Ibrahimovic collects the ball from a big punt up the park.’
    • ‘He never makes a had snap and delivers the ball with great velocity on punts and place kicks.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for Hall, his opportunities to return punts and kicks also have been cut considerably.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: probably from dialect punt ‘push forcibly’. Compare with bunt.

Pronunciation

punt

/pənt//pənt/

Main definitions of punt in US English:

: punt1punt2punt3punt4

punt3

verb

[no object]
  • 1(in some gambling card games) place a bet against the bank.

    • ‘Therefore, if you were punting with a stake of £2 per point, you would win 32 x £2 = £64.’
    • ‘On the first series of downs they found themselves in a fourth-and-one situation and were forced to punt.’
    bet, wager, gamble, stake, hazard, risk, chance, venture
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    1. 1.1British informal Bet or speculate on something.
      ‘investors are punting on a takeover’
      • ‘The company shake-up shows Singo's punting on a fourth network.’
      • ‘She's punting on the fact that the shares, despite the shortcomings of the company, offer some decent appreciation potential.’
      • ‘If I had that famous penny for every time the Motley Fool's written about the nonsense of broker recommendations, then I'd be able to stop punting on tech shares.’
      • ‘The Supreme Court is punting on the military trials, at least for now, reports the Washington Post.’
      • ‘But there are still plenty of other ways to have some fun punting on the election result.’
      • ‘It loses four billion dollars punting on the currency.’
      • ‘It may no longer wield the musical power it did in the halcyon punk-rock 1970s, but the New Musical Express is still punting the best of Britain's young bloods on the live circuit.’
      • ‘A commission is a politician's way of punting on an issue, and in this case, it was also an admission of defeat.’
      • ‘But there are much saner and sounder reasons for punting on the Andre Fabre-trained colt in the greatest all-aged race in Europe.’
      • ‘They are simply hedging their bets, forming a relationship with you early on, in a competitive industry and punting on your future success.’
      • ‘In February this year, after being told no again, she took a punt and sent it to another company in New York.’
      • ‘The Deutschmark will be dumped, the lire lost, the punt punted, and the franc will be well finished.’
      • ‘But the latest alarm is sounding over growing evidence that small investors are using consumer credit to fund punting on soaring technology shares.’
      • ‘If it's not enough to have the working people punting on the horses and the pokies to fill the public coffers, now they want us to punt on the markets.’
      • ‘Unless luck is on your side, punting on problem firms leads only to heavy losses.’
      • ‘Depending on the odds, Sauber could be good value for an each-way punt at almost every grand prix.’
      • ‘Presumably he's punting on the fact that the NT population has a very high turnover rate, and hoping that with a bit of luck even some of those who lived here in 2000 might have forgotten!’
      • ‘In fact the recent run up in the share price, bore no resemblance to actual performance by the company in the latest half, except that investors were punting on a huge capital return instead of that bid.’
      • ‘Hence, this is a stock in which investors will need to display fair patience and understanding, rather than punting on overnight gains.’
      • ‘Other gamblers turned their attention to punting on the result of the negotiations between the union and the casino.’
      bet, wager, place a bet, lay a bet, stake money on something, back the horses, try one's luck on the horses
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noun

British
informal
  • A bet.

    ‘those taking a punt on the company's success’
    • ‘However, Chez Panisse is so popular that the place is always booked out for at least a month in advance and therefore anybody going is taking a punt on what they'll get.’
    • ‘First time we met we talked gambling, every time we talk we discuss punts, so how is it going?’
    • ‘In a year that's seen home made reality shows crash and burn, I'm surprised they think this is worth taking a punt on.’
    • ‘How is this inferior to people taking a punt on what they believe to be the next terrorist attack?’
    • ‘May I endeavour to give the information that your Honours were asking in an exact form rather than taking a punt on it.’
    • ‘Certainly not cutting edge (a couple of years old now) but perfect for what I wanted at a price that was worth taking a punt on.’
    • ‘But his most fruitful gamble has been his punt on the technology behind the BSE test.’
    • ‘The traders took a punt on the yen in long-dated options between two and 10 years.’
    • ‘Currently, small investors are obstructed from taking a punt on these funds because they cannot be sold directly to the public.’
    • ‘That's four out of five borrowers taking a punt on where interest rates are going.’
    • ‘Without a guarantee from a multilateral agency, commercial banks are wary of taking a punt on a mega-project in communist Laos.’
    • ‘Kitty Empire takes a punt on Eamon having a long career in front of him.’
    • ‘That said, his maverick tendencies are becoming almost a trademark of the man, and I'd wager a punt or two that he'll be courting controversy again before we next go to the polls.’
    • ‘Is it worth taking a punt on the share price staying high, Rambus doing well, and Hyundai raking it in?’
    • ‘Likewise, what employer will risk taking a punt on a prospective employee with criminal convictions for racist activities?’
    • ‘Investors are taking a punt on what effectively is a shell company.’
    • ‘The company is taking a punt with online betting in a bid to generate more revenue for the mass-market Internet Service Provider.’
    • ‘City gamblers normally take a punt on the movement of financial indices, such as the FT All Share, or the FTSE index of Britain's top 100 companies.’
    • ‘A huge betting market had taken punts on what she might wear, but it was the joint favourite - pink - which saw off the competition.’
    • ‘These types of mortgages give the borrower the security of knowing their repayment will not change, but there is also a gamble because you are taking a punt on interest rates.’
    wager, stake, gamble, ante
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Origin

Early 18th century: from French ponte ‘player against the bank’, from Spanish punto ‘a point’.

Pronunciation

punt

/pənt//pənt/

Main definitions of punt in US English:

: punt1punt2punt3punt4

punt4

noun

  • The basic monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland (until replaced by the euro), equal to 100 Irish pence.

    • ‘People can change their punts to Euro at the bar and then pay for all drinks in Euro, as everything will be priced in Euro.’
    • ‘There were also blushes in the court services when it became clear that several criminal summonses had not been served because the stamp duty on them had been paid before Christmas, in punts rather than euros.’
    • ‘We were looking at numbers on the screen with no way of telling whether they were in punts or euros.’
    • ‘A computer or printer may be originally priced for the world market in dollars or sterling and translated into punts say, once every six months.’
    • ‘Since the changeover from punts to euro in 2002 local shopkeeper John Harrison set himself a goal to raise as much funds as he could for two charities.’
    • ‘In January 2002 the euro replaced the Irish punt, which in 1928 had replaced the British pound before it.’
    • ‘As testimony to its success, a total of £625.75 stg, 324.19 euro and £20 punts was raised.’
    • ‘Westport's transition from punts to euro has gone smoothly for the first week, according to some of the large retailers in town.’
    • ‘There will be a six week period when we will have dual currency, when the punt and the euro will be in circulation.’
    • ‘He said that consumers should be allowed to change their punts into euros in late December, to avoid chaos at banks and ATM's from January 1.’
    • ‘Francs, Deutschmarks, guilders, punts, drachmas and pesetas will all have gone by the end of February.’
    • ‘Department stores can expect to find themselves in the eye of the storm as the switch from punts to euros will coincide with the post-Christmas sales.’
    • ‘Farmers, in particular, will need to have a good understanding of the value of the euro relative to the punt, as they will be buy sell stock and produce and buy livestock, fuel and other inputs in euros.’
    • ‘The change over from the punt to the Euro seems to be going smoothly around the country.’
    • ‘John Bee presented a well-laid out treasurer's report that started in punts and ended in Euro.’
    • ‘The old punt is equal to one euro and twenty seven cent.’
    • ‘Having ditched the punt for the euro, the Irish are more concerned about Central Bank interest rates than shenanigans at Stormont.’
    • ‘Caroline Keady, whose parents live in Withington, changed a fistful of old Irish punts into euros before flying.’
    • ‘How retailers convert their prices from punts to euro is also being closely monitored.’
    • ‘Our customers are arriving in with both punts and euro, but it is not a problem.’

Origin

Irish, literally ‘pound’.

Pronunciation

punt

/pʊnt//po͝ont/