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punt 1

An open flatbottom boat with squared ends, used in shallow waters and usually propelled by a long pole.
v. punt·ed, punt·ing, punts
1. To propel (a boat) with a pole.
2. To carry in a punt.
To go in a punt.

[Probably Middle English *punt, from Old English punt, from Latin pontō, pontoon, flatbottom boat, from pōns, pont-, bridge; see pent- in Indo-European roots.]

punt′er n.

punt 2

 (pŭnt) Football
A kick in which the ball is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground.
v. punt·ed, punt·ing, punts
To propel (a ball) by means of a punt.
1. To execute a punt.
2. Informal To cease doing something; give up: Let's punt on this and try something else.

[Perhaps from dialectal punt, to strike, push, perhaps alteration of bunt.]

punt′er n.

punt 3

intr.v. punt·ed, punt·ing, punts
1. Games To lay a bet against the bank, as in roulette.
2. Chiefly British Slang To gamble.

[French ponter, from obsolete pont, past participle of pondre, to put (obsolete), lay an egg, from Old French, to lay an egg, from Latin pōnere; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]

punt′er n.

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punt 4

The indentation in the bottom of a champagne or wine bottle.

[Perhaps from punty.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.punting - (football) a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the groundpunting - (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"
kick, kicking, boot - the act of delivering a blow with the foot; "he gave the ball a powerful kick"; "the team's kicking was excellent"
football, football game - any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
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