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Definition of "punt" []

  • An open flatbottom boat with squared ends, used in shallow waters and usually propelled by a long pole. (noun)
  • To propel (a boat) with a pole. (verb-transitive)
  • To carry in a punt. (verb-transitive)
  • To go in a punt. (verb-intransitive)
  • A kick in which the ball is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "punt" in a sentence
  • "I used the term punt in my heading, which is strange, I never use that terminology."
  • "Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who has said a punt is the most important play in football, agreed the mistake on the punt was pivotal."
  • "Tressel, who frequently says he believes the punt is the most important play in football, takes an ultraconservative approach with Ohio State's offense."