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blunt

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adjective \ˈblənt\

Simple Definition of blunt

  • : 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. 1 a :  slow or deficient in feeling :  insensitive b :  obtuse in understanding or discernment :  dull

  2. 2 :  having an edge or point that is not sharp <a blunt instrument>

  3. 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


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blunt

verb

Simple Definition of blunt

  • : to make (something) less sharp

Full Definition of blunt

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make less sharp, definite, or forceful

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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>



14th Century

First Known Use of blunt

14th century


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blunt

noun

Definition of blunt

  1. :  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




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