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1blunt

adjective \ˈblənt\

: having a thick edge or point : not sharp

: saying or expressing something in a very direct way that may upset some people

Full Definition of BLUNT

1
a :  slow or deficient in feeling :  insensitive
b :  obtuse in understanding or discernment :  dull
2
:  having an edge or point that is not sharp <a blunt instrument>
3
a :  abrupt in speech or manner
b :  being straight to the point :  direct
blunt·ly adverb
blunt·ness noun

Examples of BLUNT

  1. To be perfectly blunt, I find her annoying.
  2. He was blunt about needing more privacy.

Origin of BLUNT

Middle English
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of BLUNT

dull, blunt, obtuse mean not sharp, keen, or acute. dull suggests a lack or loss of keenness, zest, or pungency <a dull pain> <a dull mind>. blunt suggests an inherent lack of sharpness or quickness of feeling or perception <a person of blunt sensibility>. obtuse implies such bluntness as makes one insensitive in perception or imagination <too obtuse to take the hint>.

bluff, blunt, brusque, curt, crusty, gruff mean abrupt and unceremonious in speech and manner. bluff connotes good-natured outspokenness and unconventionality <a bluff manner>. blunt suggests directness of expression in disregard of others' feelings <a blunt appraisal>. brusque applies to a sharpness or ungraciousness <a brusque response>. curt implies disconcerting shortness or rude conciseness <a curt command>. crusty suggests a harsh or surly manner sometimes concealing an inner kindliness <a crusty exterior>. gruff suggests a hoarse or husky speech which may imply bad temper but more often implies embarrassment or shyness <puts on a gruff pose>.

Rhymes with BLUNT

2blunt

verb

: to make (something) less sharp

Full Definition of BLUNT

transitive verb
:  to make less sharp, definite, or forceful
intransitive verb
:  to become blunt

Examples of BLUNT

  1. a weapon blunted by use
  2. <the mushy music blunted the effect of the movie's final tragic scene>

First Known Use of BLUNT

14th century

3blunt

noun

Definition of BLUNT

:  a cigar that has been hollowed out and filled with marijuana

Origin of BLUNT

blunt a short, thick cigar, from 1blunt
First Known Use: 1990
BLUNTLY Defined for Kids

1blunt

adjective \ˈblənt\
blunt·erblunt·est

Definition of BLUNT for Kids

1
:  having a thick edge or point :  dull <a blunt knife>
2
:  speaking or spoken in plain language without thought for other people's feelings <blunt remarks>
blunt·ly adverb

2blunt

verb
blunt·edblunt·ing

Definition of BLUNT for Kids

:  to make or become less sharp

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