punt

A punt is a certain kind of kick, like when a rugby player drops the ball and kicks it before it hits the ground.

Punts are used in various sports, but you're most likely to see a punt in a football or rugby game. The word punt can be used as both a noun and a verb: "She could punt that ball half way across the field like it was nothing." The root of punt is probably the word bunt, a dialectical variation from the Midlands in England that means "to butt or push with the head."

Definitions of punt
  1. noun
    an open flat-bottomed boat used in shallow waters and propelled by a long pole
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    type of:
    boat
    a small vessel for travel on water
  2. verb
    propel with a pole
    “We went punting in Cambridge”
    synonyms: pole
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    type of:
    impel, propel
    cause to move forward with force
  3. noun
    (football) a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground
    “the punt traveled 50 yards”
    synonyms: punting
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    type of:
    boot, kick, kicking
    the act of delivering a blow with the foot
  4. verb
    kick the ball
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    type of:
    kick
    drive or propel with the foot
  5. noun
    formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence
    synonyms: Irish pound, Irish punt, pound
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    type of:
    Irish monetary unit
    monetary unit in Eire
  6. verb
    place a bet on
    synonyms: back, bet on, gage, game, stake
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    types:
    ante
    place one's stake
    double up, parlay
    stake winnings from one bet on a subsequent wager
    type of:
    bet, play, wager
    stake on the outcome of an issue
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