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Etymology 1[edit]

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.

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dint (countable and uncountable, plural dints)

  1. (obsolete) A blow, stroke, especially dealt in a fight.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.i:
      Much daunted with that dint, her sence was dazd [].
    • 1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, XI, xxxi:
      Between them cross-bows stood, and engines wrought / To cast a stone, a quarry, or a dart, // From whence, like thunder's dint, or lightnings new, / Against the bulwarks stones and lances flew.
  2. Force, power; especially in by dint of.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
      Now you weep; and, I perceive, you feel / The dint of pity.
    • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
      It was by dint of passing strength / That he moved the massy stone at length.
  3. The mark left by a blow; an indentation or impression made by violence; a dent.
    • Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
      every dint a sword had beaten in it [the shield]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
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dint (third-person singular simple present dints, present participle dinting, simple past and past participle dinted)

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

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. Eye dialect spelling of didn’t.




From Latin dēns, dentem. Compare Italian dente, Romansch dent, Venetian dénte, Romanian dinte, French dent, Spanish diente.


dint m (plural dinčh)

  1. tooth

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Middle English[edit]


dint (plural dints)

  1. dent
  2. blow, stroke
    • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,
      Ayein his dyntez sore ye may not yow defende.



From Old French dent, from Latin dēns, dentem.


dint f

  1. (anatomy) tooth