- noun a former unit of currency in the Republic of Ireland
- verb to gamble or to bet (on something)
- verb a former unit of currency in the Republic of Ireland
a gamble, bet
to gamble or to bet (on something)
- 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
- 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’.