Meaning of stunt

stunt

Pronunciation: (stunt), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to stop, slow down, or hinder the growth or development of; dwarf: A harsh climate stunted the trees. Brutal treatment in childhood stunted his personality.
—n.
  1. a stop or hindrance in growth or development.
  2. arrested development.
  3. a plant or animal hindered from attaining its proper growth.
  4. a disease of plants, characterized by a dwarfing or stunting of the plant.

stunt

Pronunciation: (stunt), [key]
— n.
  1. a performance displaying a person's skill or dexterity, as in athletics; feat: an acrobatic stunt.
  2. any remarkable feat performed chiefly to attract attention: The kidnapping was said to be a publicity stunt.
—v.i.
  1. to do a stunt or stunts.
  2. to add specials, miniseries, etc., to a schedule of programs, esp. so as to increase ratings.
—v.t.
  1. to use in doing stunts: to stunt an airplane.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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