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  • IPA(key): /dɪnt/
  • (US)
  • Rhymes: -ɪnt

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English dint, dent, dünt, from Old English dynt (dint, blow, strike, stroke, bruise, stripe; the mark left by a blow; the sound or noise made by a blow, thud), from Proto-Germanic *duntiz (a blow), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰen- (to strike, hit). Cognate with Swedish dialectal dunt, Icelandic dyntr (a dint). More at dent.

Alternative formsEdit


dint (countable and uncountable, plural dints)

  1. (obsolete) A blow, stroke, especially dealt in a fight.
  2. Force, power; especially in by dint of.
  3. The mark left by a blow; an indentation or impression made by violence; a dent.
    • 1860, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Lancelot and Elaine”, in Idylls of the King:
      and read the naked shield, [] Of every dint a sword had beaten in it, / And every scratch a lance had made upon it
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)

Derived termsEdit



dint (third-person singular simple present dints, present participle dinting, simple past and past participle dinted)

  1. To dent.
    • 1854, W. Harrison Ainsworth, The Star-Chamber, Volume 2[1]:
      Your helmet was dinted in as if by a great shot.
    • 1915, Jeffery Farnol, Beltane The Smith[2]:
      And, in that moment came one, fierce and wild of aspect, in dinted casque and rusty mail who stood and watched--ah God!

Etymology 2Edit



  1. Eye dialect spelling of didn’t.



Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit


From Old English dynt, from Proto-Germanic *duntiz.


  • IPA(key): /dint/, /dɛnt/, /dunt/


dint (plural dintes or (Early ME) dunten)

  1. The landing of a weapon; a blow or stroke.
    • a. 1375, Gawain Poet, Sir Gawayn and þe Grene Knyȝt, lines 2110-2117, page 118r:
      Forþy I ſay þe, as ſoþe as ȝe in ſadel ſitte, / Com ȝe þere, ȝe be kylled, may þe knyȝt rede, / Trawe ȝe me þat trwely, þaȝ ȝe had twenty lyues / to ſpende. / He hatz wonyd here ful ȝore / On bent much baret bende / Aȝayn his dyntez ſore / Ȝe may not yow defende
      So I say to you, as sure as you sit in your saddle: / If you come there, you'll be killed if he wills, / trust me about that truely, like you had twenty lives / to spend. / He has lived here a long time; / when he pulls his bow, much conflict begins. / Against his powerful blows, / you won't be able to defend yourself.
  2. (by extension) Warfare, battle; the use of weaponry.
  3. The strike, landing or force of a tool or other item hitting something.
  4. The striking or noise of thunder; a thunderclap.
  5. (rare) A strike with one's limbs or body.
  6. (rare) An injury resulting from a weapon's impact.

Derived termsEdit


  • English: dent, dint, dunt
  • Scots: dunt, dont, dynt, dint, dent




From Old French dent, from Latin dēns, dentem.


dint f

  1. (anatomy) tooth