From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpuntpunt1 /pʌnt/ noun 1 boat [countable]TTW a long thin boat with a flat bottom that you move by pushing a long pole against the bottom of the river2 → a punt3 kick [countable usually singular]DSA in rugby or American football, the action of kicking the ball after dropping it from your hands a 45-yard punt4 money [countable] the standard unit of money used in the Republic of Ireland before the Euro
Examples from the Corpuspunt• When legering from a punt you don't want to be messing about with indicators that require two hands to set.• A punt is like a floating drum.• United's second goal came when Connolly chased a hopeful punt down the left.• As a rookie, he made seven interceptions and led the league in punt returns and kickoff returns.• My friend Eric Barnes built the punt we use and the basic design is hard to beat.• Uwaezuoke had three receptions for 29 yards and three punt returns for 52 yards.• Louis on a four-play, five-yard drive after a 39-yard punt return by Dexter Carter.puntpunt2 verb 1 [intransitive, transitive]DLOTTW to go on a river in a puntpunt along/down/past etc Pete punted us back to the boatyard.2 [transitive]DSA a) in rugby or American football, to drop the ball from your hands and kick it He punted the ball 40 yards. b) to kick a ball hard so that it goes a long way→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuspunt• The Bears then stalled and had to punt.• The Cowboys gained one first down, then punted.• Thompson is solid with a 43. 4-yard punting average.• Prokop punted five times for a 39-yard average.• Competition punting only takes place on the Thames but the sport's devotees take it very seriously.• On occasions when the whole dealing room was punting out the stock, the price might climb even further.• He can throw, catch, run and even punt the ball.• He punted the few yards to the shore.• George W.. Bush believes it might be time to drop back and punt the primary back to May.punt along/down/past etc• Matata poled gracefully; he could have been punting down the Cam as his pole pushed blue and white water lilies aside.• United's second goal came when Connolly chased a hopeful punt down the left.• In summer you can enjoy punting along the river Cam, and the Cambridge Festival of music, drama and film.Origin punt1 1. (1000-1100) Latin ponto; → PONTOON2. (1800-1900) → PUNT213. (1900-2000) Irish punt2 1. (1800-1900) → PUNT122. (1800-1900) Perhaps from punt “to hit, push” ((1800-1900)).