\ 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

And once installed, the shelves transform an otherwise blank wall into valuable, usable storage. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 Where do four blank walls transform from a designer's imagination into rooms to remember? Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "A Maximalist Dream Home Comes to Life In Seville," 5 Sep. 2018 That blank wall over there becomes a photo montage, which is made up of pictures of your staff interacting with its customers. Tom Alexander,, "Five things you can do to improve diversity and inclusion at your company today, like right now, this moment," 5 July 2018 The video opens on Ms. Mendieta, in nondescript clothing and with her long black hair hanging loose, pressing herself against a blank white wall. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "‘Queenie’ Shows the Force of Latin Women in Art," 6 June 2018 Only the meetinghouse breaks the welcoming rhythm with a blank wall facing Vine. Inga Saffron,, "These two new Philadelphia apartment buildings are civilizing the Vine Street Expressway," 4 Apr. 2018 Either way, the onset of a new year is like a blank canvas ready to be filled with your ideas. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé's Makeup Artist Says These Will Be the Coolest Makeup Trends of 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 Some companies have chosen to go blank in Europe instead of having to comply with the expansive privacy regulations, including websites such as and Klout. Rick Noack,, "European Union's new privacy law made some websites go dark today. Here's what else has changed," 25 May 2018 Some companies have chosen to go blank in Europe instead of having to comply with the expansive privacy regulations, including websites such as and Klout. Brian Fung, Washington Post, "Why you’re getting flooded with privacy notifications in your email," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 From there, players can fill in the blanks about how their Sims would pursue viral fame. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The Sims 4 will soon let you live out your influencer dreams," 18 Oct. 2018 Donaldson and other doomsayers, Haeussler implied, are shooting blanks in the dark. Logan Jenkins,, "Mystery shrouds the future of historic Liberty Station chapel," 28 May 2018 Apps hang, maps blank, downloads stall, calls drop, messages fail, irritation ensues. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The Sticky Wi-Fi Problem: Why Your Phone Hangs Up on You," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Cody Durham doubled and earned the win as Pennsville blanked Glassboro, 8-0, in the South Group 1 final. Lauren Green,, "Friday's South Jersey roundup: Gloucseter Catholic advances to South Non-Public B title," 1 June 2018 Episcopal did not allow a goal during the tournament, blanking Cistercian 1-0 and St. Mark's 4-0 to reach its fourth consecutive final. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "St. John's, Kinkaid lead Houston SPC winter sweep," 23 Feb. 2018 Rockies starter Jon Gray, who blanked San Diego in a complete game exactly a year earlier, threw five pristine innings. Dennis Lin,, "Emotional victory for Solarte, Padres," 18 Sep. 2017 After blanking the Mets in New York on Saturday and Sunday, the Rays outslugged the Tigers 10-9 in 10 innings Monday night. Mark Didtler,, "Hot-hitting Wilson Ramos powers Rays past Tigers," 11 July 2018 In a pretty severe awards show slump (unmerited, in this writer’s opinion!), both shows were completely blanked. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Winners: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Netflix, and old people. Losers: Atlanta and The Handmaid’s Tale.," 18 Sep. 2018 Track & Field News projects the Ducks to get blanked in the 100 and score a total of 11 points in the 200 and 400 (sixth for Williams in the 200, third for Dunmore and seventh for Waller in the 400)., "Women take over at Hayward, and Ducks look for a better day; Oregon track & Field rundown," 7 June 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)


\ ˈblaŋk How to pronounce blank (audio) \

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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