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punt1 / pənt/ • n. a long, narrow, flat-bottomed boat, square at both ends and propelled with a long pole, used on inland waters chiefly for recreation. • v. [intr.] travel in such a boat. ∎  [tr.] convey in such a boat. punt2 • v. 1. [tr.] Football kick (the ball) after it is dropped from the hands and before it reaches the ground: he used to be able to punt a football farther than anyone. ∎  [intr.] (of an offensive team) turn possession over to the defensive team by punting the ball after failing to make a first down: the Raiders could get nowhere with their possession, and had to punt. ∎  (of a player) act as the punter. 2. [intr.] delay in answering or taking action; equivocate: he would continue to punt on questions of Medicare. • n. a kick of this kind. punt3 • v. [intr.] (in some gambling card games) place a bet against the bank. ∎ Brit., inf. bet or speculate on something: investors are punting on a takeover. • n. inf., chiefly Brit. a bet: those taking a punt on the company's success. punt4 • n. the basic monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland (until replaced by the euro), equal to 100 Irish pence.

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punt1 flat-bottomed shallow boat. XV. In earliest use (E. Anglian) pontebot, punte boot (BOAT) — MLG. punte, punto ferry-boat, mud-boat, corr. to late OE. punt (which did not survive), MDu. ponte (Du. pont) ferry-boat, pontoon — L. pontō Gaulish transport vessel, PONTOON.
Hence vb. XIX.

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punt2 at cards, lay a stake against the bank. XVIII. — F. ponter, rel. to ponte punt in ombre, player against the bank — Sp. punto = (O)F. pointe POINT3 (the Sp. word is used in ombre, quadrille, etc. for the ace of certain suits).

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punt3 in Rugby football, kick (the ball) after dropping it from the hands before it reaches the ground. XIX. prob. spec. use of dial. punt push with force.