\ ˈblaŋk How to pronounce blank (audio) \

Definition of blank

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic : colorless
2a : appearing or causing to appear dazed, confounded, or nonplussed stared in blank dismay
b : expressionless a blank stare
3a : devoid of covering or content a blank space : such as
(1) : free from writing or marks a blank sheet of paper
(2) : without any recorded sound or information a blank drive/DVD/disk
b : having spaces to be filled in a blank application form — see also blank check
c : lacking interest, variety, or change blank hours
4 : absolute, unqualified a blank refusal
5 : unfinished especially : having a plain or unbroken surface where an opening is usual a blank key a blank arch



Definition of blank (Entry 2 of 3)

1 obsolete : the bull's-eye of a target
2a : an empty space (as on a paper)
b : a paper with spaces for the entry of data an order blank
3a : a piece of material prepared to be made into something (such as a key) by a further operation
b : a cartridge loaded with propellant and a seal but no projectile
4a : an empty or featureless place or space my mind was a blank
b : a vacant or uneventful period a long blank in history
5 : a dash substituting for an omitted word


blanked; blanking; blanks

Definition of blank (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : obscure, obliterate blank out a line
b : to stop access to : seal blank off a tunnel
2 : to keep (an opponent) from scoring were blanked for eight innings
3 British slang : to treat (a friend or acquaintance) in a hostile or unfriendly way : to ignore or refuse to talk to (someone) And unpopular Gardiner has found himself isolated after the show's cast and crew blanked him.— Mark Jefferies

intransitive verb

1 : fade usually used with out the music blanked out
2 : to become confused or abstracted often used with out his mind blanked out momentarily

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Other Words from blank


blankly adverb
blankness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blank

Synonyms: Adjective

catatonic, deadpan, empty, expressionless, impassive, inexpressive, numb, stolid, vacant

Synonyms: Noun

document, form, paper

Antonyms: Adjective

demonstrative, expressive

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empty, vacant, blank, void, vacuous mean lacking contents which could or should be present. empty suggests a complete absence of contents. an empty bucket vacant suggests an absence of appropriate contents or occupants. a vacant apartment blank stresses the absence of any significant, relieving, or intelligible features on a surface. a blank wall void suggests absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine. a statement void of meaning vacuous suggests the emptiness of a vacuum and especially the lack of intelligence or significance. a vacuous facial expression

Examples of blank in a Sentence


a blank sheet of paper a book with blank pages


The form has a blank for your signature. The actors are shooting blanks.


The goalie blanked the Falcons for two periods in the hockey game.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Apparently, the class was about to get something spoiled, since two of the blank spaces were already filled and revealed that something was going to go down between Thanos and Thor in the first 20 minutes of the film. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Teachers Are Threatening Students with "Avengers: Endgame" Spoilers To Get Them To Behave In Class and I’m Outraged," 3 May 2019 Minimalism has gotten confused with this idea of white walls and blank spaces. Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, "David Adjaye's Message to Architects: Stop Building McMansions," 26 Mar. 2019 For the elder daughter’s room, Borchard wanted to do the opposite of a blank palette and play to her favorite hobby, which is reading. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "This Home Teaches Us Everything We Need to Know About Decorating For Kids," 17 May 2019 The city’s nocturnal world is, after all, still a relatively blank canvas. Vogue, "This All-Female DJ Collective Wants to Empower the Women of Shanghai’s Nocturnal World," 15 May 2019 For some, the color says clean, sleek, and modern, while others merely see blank and boring. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Simplicity of White," 1 May 2019 Don't ever use an ungraded bolt with a blank head on anything more highly stressed than a barbecue. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 In the home, a chalk wall can serve as anything from a grocery or to-do list to a child's perpetual blank canvas. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Chalkboard Paint," 29 Apr. 2019 More in Mansion The aftermath gave the family a blank canvas for what became a three-year building project that cost about $3 million. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "A Texas Home That’s Part Library, Part Gallery," 21 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After all, the idea that America is not supposed, or should not be able, to do many things (fill in the blanks) has been baked into the German mindset for nearly 150 years. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Is Germany Becoming Germany — Again?," 4 June 2019 If Kate Middleton is a blank, history-free canvas on which the royal family can sit back and let the British public project their hopes and dreams, then Queen Letizia is the opposite. Leah Mclaren, Newsweek, "Spain's Queen Letizia: Divorcee, War Reporter, TV Journalist... Republican?," 17 Sep. 2014 So, a moody friend is also funny; an impulsive friend is also creative; an intense friend is also brave; your overtly religious friend is also [blank]. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Friend inserts God into every conversation," 24 June 2018 Only my good friends, and those who asked point-blank, knew that. Jen Doll, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Has More Money Than You?," 12 Feb. 2019 It was also found that dogs may have the most neurons of any carnivore point blank. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Study Says Dogs Are Actually Smarter Than Cats," 18 June 2018 The history of ideas is filled with pairs of contemporary minds who missed the opportunity to confront each other point blank, leaving us to dream up hypothetical exchanges. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, New York Times, "Erasmus vs. Luther — a Rift That Defined the Course of Western Civilization," 29 Mar. 2018 Human memory is faulty enough that not everyone who puts forth a statement ought to be believed point-blank. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Donald Trump’s attack on Christine Blasey Ford’s memory is cruel — and wrong," 3 Oct. 2018 But La Roja should have gone in ahead at half-time, with Iniesta's square pass missing Diego Costa's outstretched right boot by millimetres from point blank. Patrick Galey,, "Last-gasp Aspas sees Spain draw 2-2 with Morocco," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Brazil, playing without Marta (thigh injury), blanked Jamaica, 3-0, in Grenoble. Frank Dell’apa,, "Italy, Brazil claim victories that were long time coming," 9 June 2019 Grafton 18, Southbridge 0 — Jess Evans went 5 for 5 with a double, home run and four RBIs, and Anna Bertrand was 4 for 5 with four RBIs as the Indians (1-0, 1-0 SWCL) blanked the Pioneers (0-1, 0-1). Chris Bokum,, "In front of MLB scouts, BC High star pitcher Mike Vasil just misses perfect game," 11 Apr. 2018 That's what happened at Miller Park on Tuesday night, when starter Junior Guerra and three relievers blanked Cincinnati to lead the Brewers to a 2-0 victory. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One big swing is all the Brewers needed, thanks to a dominant pitching performance," 17 Apr. 2018 The way Wilcox is throwing, Emme can rely on the right-hander to blank the opposition. David Carrillo Peñaloza,, "Tommy Wilcox is Corona del Mar’s shutout machine," 25 Apr. 2018 Baseball Joe Valenti struck out eight in tossing a two-hit shutout as North Penn blanked Pennridge, 5-0. Mike Owens,, "Friday's Pa. roundup: Lindsay sisters lift Upper Perkiomen over Perkiomen Valley," 20 Apr. 2018 Milwaukee hadn’t scored fewer than two runs in a game since Pittsburgh blanked the Brewers on Sept. 22. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Power outage: Brewers’ bats struggle in 13-inning loss," 17 Oct. 2018 After getting blanked by Post Oak Thursday night, Pearland East had run out of wiggle room. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland East 12s collect sorely-needed Section 3 victory," 7 July 2018 North Springs finished bracket play at states with a 3-0 record before blanking West Pasco for the title. Gary Curreri,, "North Springs Little League Senior Division All-Stars capture state title," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of blank


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1764, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for blank


Middle English, from Anglo-French blanc colorless, white, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German blanch white; probably akin to Latin flagrare to burn — more at black

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English Language Learners Definition of blank

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: without any writing, marks, or pictures
: having empty spaces to be filled in with information : not yet written in or filled out
: without any recorded sound or information



English Language Learners Definition of blank (Entry 2 of 3)

: an empty space on a document where you put information
: a period of time that you cannot remember anything about
: a gun cartridge that is filled with powder but that does not contain a bullet



English Language Learners Definition of blank (Entry 3 of 3)

US : to keep (the opposing team) from scoring
British slang : to behave in an unfriendly way toward (someone you have been friendly with in the past) : to ignore or refuse to talk to (someone)


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Kids Definition of blank

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not having any writing or marks a blank page
2 : having empty spaces to be filled in a blank order form
3 : not showing emotion or understanding a blank look



Kids Definition of blank (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an empty space in a line of writing or printing
2 : a paper with empty spaces to be filled in “Do you have your entry blank for the dog show?”— Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins
3 : a cartridge loaded with powder but no bullet
4 : events or a time that cannot be remembered Everything after the accident is a blank.

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