\ 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

Other Words from blank


blankly adverb
blankness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blank

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

Adjective a blank sheet of paper a book with blank pages Noun The form has a blank for your signature. The actors are shooting blanks. Verb The goalie blanked the Falcons for two periods in the hockey game.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Artists have been attracted to the area’s blank canvas of empty structures and open spaces, creating a colony of wildly painted and decorated houses. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 11 May 2022 Muse pushes back on the perception of muses as submissive, a blank canvas rather than one bursting with ideas. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 The Grand Prix will be responsible for public art installations throughout the city this year: 10 model IndyCar chassis for local artists to use as a blank canvas. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2022 Our interpretation of Nikkei cocktails was almost a blank canvas. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 The slap heard ‘round the world — except for those 20 seconds of real-time on network television, when your screen went blank, while an angry Hollywood celebrity was expressing his feelings with colorful language. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Apr. 2022 While neither team is picked to finish 2022 above .500, the first game of the season is a blank canvas for each. Xl Media, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2022 Grant Shields was teaching a college seminar to 24 students last week when his mind went blank. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, 5 Apr. 2022 Think of penne as a blank canvas and build your masterpiece around it. Robin Miller, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Segel earns some empathy as a hangdog Everyman, though his backstory remains such a deliberate blank that any insight is mostly gleaned from his blundering missteps and low-simmering misery. Leah Greenblatt,, 18 Mar. 2022 But the bill stops short of banning all functional guns — including blank-firing weapons — from film and TV sets. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 12 Jan. 2022 So, draw your own conclusion by filling in the blank in the following sentence with a) or b). Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Dec. 2021 Fill in the blank: Koufax, Gibson, Maddux, Valenzula, Scherzer, Buehler etc. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 4 Nov. 2021 But the Jets couldn’t keep up with the Colts, who scored touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions – and on the one blank were stopped on downs at the New York 1-yard line. Mark Inabinett |, al, 4 Nov. 2021 Fill in the blank with service, customer service rep, salesperson, product, etc. Shep Hyken, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 That caused the blank to propel the dummy round out of the barrel, striking Lee. Justin Curto, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 Although the blank did not penetrate his skin, the impact fractured his skull and caused hemorrhaging in his brain. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 22 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jack Brown and Joey Wilmoth helped the Tigers blank the Shamrocks the following day. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Apr. 2022 But a strikeout of Hays with an 88-mph changeup to end the inning seemed to catapult Syndergaard into the rest of his night, the 6-foot-6, 230-pounder needing only 63 pitches to blank the Orioles on two hits over the next 4 2/3 innings. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 The North Eastern girls varsity high school ice hockey team traveled to Piney Orchard Ice Rink last Friday to face and blank Howard County, 6-0. Randy Mcroberts,, 24 Nov. 2021 Instead, the floors of the apartment were concrete, the walls blank plaster. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Wily Peralta and Kyle Funkhouser combined to blank Houston on two hits through the fifth. Dave Hogg, Chron, 27 June 2021 Wily Peralta and Kyle Funkhouser combined to blank Houston on two hits through the fifth. Dave Hogg, Chron, 27 June 2021 Wily Peralta and Kyle Funkhouser combined to blank Houston on two hits through the fifth. Dave Hogg, Chron, 27 June 2021 Cueto used his variety of hesitations, shimmy shakes and quick pitches to blank the Dodgers on three hits through five innings, and San Francisco scored four runs in four-plus innings off Dodgers starter David Price for a 4-0 lead. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2021 See More

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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 entry 1

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“Blank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ 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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