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punt

Noun

1 formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence [syn: Irish pound, Irish punt, pound]
2 an open flat-bottomed boat used in shallow waters and propelled by a long pole
3 (football) a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground; "the punt traveled 50 yards"; "punting is an important part of the game" [syn: punting]

Verb

1 kick the ball
2 propel with a pole; "pole barges on the river"; "We went punting in Cambridge" [syn: pole]
3 place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse" [syn: bet on, back, gage, stake, game]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From ponto ‘Gaulish flat-bottomed boat’.

Noun

  1. : A pontoon; a narrow shallow boat propelled by a pole.
Translations
a narrow shallow boat propelled by a pole

Etymology 2

Possibly a dialectal variant of bunt.

Verb

  1. To kick a ball dropped from the hands before it hits the ground.
  2. To make a highly speculative investment or other commitment, or take a wild guess.
  3. To retreat from ones objective.

Noun

  1. A drop-kick.
Translations
a drop-kick

Etymology 3

From ponte or ponto ‘point’.

Noun

  1. A point in the game of faro.
  2. A bet or wager.
  3. An indentation in the base of a wine bottle.
  4. (glassblowing): A thin glass rod which is temporarily attached to a larger piece in order to better manipulate the larger piece.
Translations
A point in the game of faro
A bet or wager
An indentation in the base of a wine bottle

See also

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. In the context of "geometry|lang=nl": point
  2. mark
  3. (punctuation) full stop, period
  4. dot

Pronunciation

  • lang=ga|[pˠʊn̪ˠt̪ˠ]

Noun

  1. A pound (money).
  2. A pound (weight).

Declension

Mutation

Romansch

Etymology

Latin pons. Compare Catalan pont, French pont, Italian ponte, Occitan pònt, Portuguese ponte, Spanish puente.

Noun

punt

Slovene

Noun

punt

Extensive Definition

Punt can mean the following:
  • A type of boat
    • Punt (boat), a flat-bottomed boat with a square-cut bow developed on the River Thames
    • Norfolk Punt, a type of racing dinghy developed in Norfolk
    • Cable ferry, known as a punt in Australian English
  • Punt (football), a way of kicking a ball
  • Land of Punt, a fabled site in eastern Africa that was the source of many exotic products
  • Punt, the indentation on the bottom of a wine bottle
  • the Irish word for pound, specifically the Irish pound
  • El Punt, a Catalan newspaper

People

  • Jos Punt (1946– ), a Dutch bishop
  • Steve Punt (1962– ), a British comedian, of Punt and Dennis
punt in German: Punt
punt in Italian: Punt

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ante, ante up, back, bet, bet on, boot, calcitration, call, catch a crab, cover, cut a crab, drop kick, fade, feather, feather an oar, gamble, give way, hazard, kick, kicking, knee, lay, lay a wager, lay down, make a bet, meet a bet, pace, paddle, parlay, pass, place kick, play against, plunge, ply the oar, pull, row, row away, row dry, scull, see, ship oars, shoot, sky an oar, speculate, stake, stand pat, wager
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