Definition of dunt in English:


Pronunciation /dənt/

transitive verb

[with object]Scottish
  • Hit or knock firmly with a dull sound.

    ‘she dunted my father in the side with her elbow’
    • ‘In 1977, infamously, he was dunted from behind by a police horse called Adjutant, a slice of film we obviously had to use.’
    • ‘Two seasons ago they were almost relegated, last term the team proved themselves good enough for promotion to the top flight only to dunt their heads on the glass ceiling when it came to meeting stadium criteria.’


  • A firm dull-sounding blow.

    ‘Not quite to the Motherwell defender, though, as, after receiving a heavy dunt from the Ecuadorian which knocked him backwards, the Englishman retaliated with a foul which won him a yellow card from the referee.’
    • ‘As he later reflected: ‘I always feel that if the taker has just had a heavy dunt, then someone else should hit it.’’
    • ‘The home team felt the force of howitzer tackles by White and Ally Hogg and some tremendous dunts from Marcus Di Rollo and Andy Henderson.’
    • ‘I must have been playing well against the Universities because I got a dunt.’
    • ‘This isn't the first time I've fallen off my bike, of course, but in all the years between tuition on stabilisers and my recent humiliation, I can recall only one other occasion when I gave myself such a dunt.’
    • ‘The run of games I've had recently is edging me ever closer to being as strong as I was before but I have to accept that the knee can give me a dunt here and there.’
    • ‘It gives you a wee dunt to miss out, but you just have to pick yourself up and go out and play as well as you can.’
    • ‘Still in touch with reality, the players know such a task may be beyond them, but the spirit in the squad, in fact inherent in the club, dictates they will have a determined dunt at it.’
    • ‘The St Mirren player received a retaliatory dunt, causing him to collapse in real or feigned agony.’


Late Middle English perhaps a variant of dint.