punt

Definitions

Banking

  • noun a former unit of currency in the Republic of Ireland
  • verb to gamble or to bet (on something)

Investing

  • verb a former unit of currency in the Republic of Ireland
    a gamble, bet
    to gamble or to bet (on something)

Sports

  • noun a kick in which a player drops a ball and kicks it before it hits the ground

Travel

  • noun a long flat-bottomed boat, which is pushed with a long pole
  • noun the currency used in the Republic of Ireland before the euro

Wine

  • the indentation in the bottom of a bottle.

Origin & History of “punt”

English has three separate words punt. The oldest is punt ‘flat-bottomed boat’ (15th c.), which comes via middle Low German punte or punto from Latin pontō, a term for a sort of Gaulish boat which also produced English pontoon. Punt ‘bet’ (18th c.) (better known in the form of the agent noun punter ‘better’, hence ‘customer’) comes from French ponter, a derivative of ponte ‘bet against the banker in certain card games’. This was adapted from Spanish punto ‘point’, a descendant of Latin punctum (source of English point). Punt ‘kick’ (19th c.) may be a variant of bunt ‘push’ (19th c.) (now used as a baseball term, meaning ‘hit the ball softly’); this could in turn be an alteration of butt, but it might also come from a Celtic source, related to Breton bounta ‘butt’.
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