I. transitive verb Etymology: English dialect stunt stubborn, stunted, abrupt, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse stuttr scant — more at stint Date: 1583 to hinder the normal growth, development, or progress of • stuntedness noun II. noun Date: 1725 1. one (as an animal) that is stunted 2. a check in growth 3. a plant disease in which dwarfing occurs III. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1878 1. an unusual or difficult feat requiring great skill or daring; especially one performed or undertaken chiefly to gain attention or publicity 2. a shifting or switching of the positions by defensive players at the line of scrimmage in football to disrupt the opponent's blocking efforts IV. intransitive verb Date: 1917 to perform or engage in a stunt

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  • Stunt — 〈[ stʌ̣nt] m. 6〉 gefährliche Filmszene, die von einem Stuntman dargestellt wird ● einen Stunt drehen, spielen [zu engl. stunt „Kunststück“] * * * Stunt [stʌnt ], der; s, s [engl. stunt = Kunststück, Trick, H. u.]: gefährliches, akrobatisches… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • stunt — [stʌnt] noun [countable] disapproving MARKETING something that is done to attract people s attention to a product or company: • The companies turned the event into a publicity stunt. • They deliberately created a controversial commercial as a… …   Financial and business terms

  • Stunt — Stunt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stunted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stunting}.] [See {Stint}.] To hinder from growing to the natural size; to prevent the growth of; to stint, to dwarf; as, to stunt a child; to stunt a plant. [1913 Webster] When, by a cold… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stunt — Sm gefährliche, akrobatische Aktion per. Wortschatz fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. stunt, dessen Herkunft nicht sicher geklärt ist.    Ebenso nndl. stunt, nschw. stuntman, nnorw. stunt. ✎ Carstensen 3 (1996), 1450f. englisch e …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • stunt — sb., et, s el. stunt, ene; lave et stunt; et politisk stunt …   Dansk ordbog

  • stunt — stunt1 [stunt] vt. [< dial., short and thick, stunted < ME, dull, stupid (with sense infl. by ON stuttr, short) < OE < IE * (s)teud < base * (s)teu , to strike > STOCK] 1. to check the growth or development of; dwarf 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • Stunt — Stunt, n. [Cf. {Stint} a task.] 1. A feat hard to perform; an act which is striking for the skill, strength, or the like, required to do it; a feat. [Colloq.] An extraordinary man does three or four different stunts with remarkable dexterity. The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stunt — 〈 [stʌ̣nt] m.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s〉 gefährliche Filmszene, die von einem Stuntman dargestellt wird; einen Stunt drehen, spielen [Etym.: zu engl. stunt »Kunststück«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • stunt — Ⅰ. stunt [1] ► VERB ▪ retard the growth or development of. ORIGIN from dialect stunt «foolish, stubborn», from Germanic. Ⅱ. stunt [2] ► NOUN 1) an action displaying spectacular skill and daring …   English terms dictionary

  • Stunt — Stunt, n. 1. A check in growth; also, that which has been checked in growth; a stunted animal or thing. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically: A whale two years old, which, having been weaned, is lean, and yields but little blubber. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stunt — stənt vt to hinder the normal growth, development, or progress of <an emotionally stunted child> * * * (stunt) to retard the growth of …   Medical dictionary

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