verb (used with object)
- to prevent or occlude sight by covering (the eyes) with a cloth, bandage, or the like; cover the eyes of.
- to impair the awareness or clear thinking of: Don’t let their hospitality blindfold you to the true purpose of their invitation.
- a cloth or bandage put before the eyes to prevent seeing.
- with the eyes covered: a blindfold test.
- rash; unthinking: a blindfold denunciation before knowing the facts.
- to prevent (a person or animal) from seeing by covering (the eyes)
- to prevent from perceiving or understanding
- a piece of cloth, bandage, etc, used to cover the eyes
- any interference to sight
- having the eyes covered with a cloth or bandage
- chess not seeing the board and pieces
- rash; inconsiderate
1520s, alteration, by similarity to fold, of blindfelled (early 14c.), past participle of blindfellan “blindfold, cover the eyes (with a bandage, etc.),” also “to strike blind” (c.1200), from Old English (ge)blindfellian “to strike blind,” from blind (adj.) + Anglian gefeollan “to strike down,” as in to fell a tree (see fell (v.)). Related: Blindfolded; blindfolding.
1880, from blindfold (v.).
see do blindfolded.