stunt

To stunt is to slow or hinder. Some people say that drinking coffee will stunt your growth when you're a teenager — they worry that you won't grow any taller.

Poor nutrition can stunt your growth, and bad soil will do the same for a plant — a lack of moisture or nutrients will stunt the development of your lettuce or tomatoes. Another meaning of stunt is a dangerous trick, the kind performed in an action movie or by planes in an air show. The root of "check the growth" is the Old English stunt, "short witted or foolish," while the "trick" kind of stunt comes from nineteenth century American college slang.

Primary Meanings of stunt

1.
vn
check the growth or development of
a creature (especially a whale) that has been prevented from attaining full growth
2.
nv
a difficult or unusual or dangerous feat; usually done to gain attention
perform a stunt or stunts
Full Definitions of stunt
1

v check the growth or development of

“You will stunt your growth by building all these muscles”
Types:
dwarf
check the growth of
Type of:
hinder, impede
be a hindrance or obstacle to

n a creature (especially a whale) that has been prevented from attaining full growth

Type of:
animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna
a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
2

n a difficult or unusual or dangerous feat; usually done to gain attention

Types:
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Russian roulette
a stunt in which you spin the cylinder of a revolver that is loaded with only one bullet and then point the muzzle at your head and pull the trigger
acrobatic feat, acrobatic stunt
a stunt performed by an acrobat
backbend
an acrobatic feat in which the trunk is bent backward from a standing position until the hands touch the floor
back circle
a feat in which an acrobat arches the back from a prone position and bends the knees until the toes touch the head
walkover
backbends combined with handstands
cartwheel
acrobatic revolutions with the body turned sideways and the arms and legs outstretched like the spokes of a wheel
handspring
an acrobatic feat in which a person goes from a standing position to a handstand and back again
headstand
an acrobatic feat in which a person balances on the head (usually with the help of the hands)
tumble
an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end
split
extending the legs at right angles to the trunk (one in front and the other in back)
Type of:
effort, exploit, feat
a notable achievement

v perform a stunt or stunts

Type of:
do, execute, perform
carry out or perform an action

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