[16] The original term for covering someone’s eyes with a bandage was blindfell [OE], which survived until the 16th century. This meant literally ‘strike someone blind’, the second element being the fell of ‘felling trees’. It appears that its past form, blindfelled, came to be mistaken for a present form, and this, together with some perceived connection with fold (presumably the ‘folding’ of the bandage round somebody’s head), conspired to produce the new verb blindfold.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • blindfold — [[t]bla͟ɪndfoʊld[/t]] blindfolds, blindfolding, blindfolded 1) N COUNT A blindfold is a strip of cloth that is tied over someone s eyes so that they cannot see. 2) VERB If you blindfold someone, you tie a blindfold over their eyes. [V n] His… …   English dictionary

  • Blindfold — A blindfold (from Middle English blindfellen ) is a garment, usually of cloth, tied to one s head to cover the eyes to disable the wearer s sight. It can be worn when the eyes are in a closed state and thus prevents the wearer from opening them.… …   Wikipedia

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