blunt

adjective
\ ˈblənt How to pronounce blunt (audio) \

Definition of blunt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : having an edge or point that is not sharp scissors with blunt ends was hit over the head with a blunt instrument gave her bangs a blunt cut just above her eyebrows
2a : abrupt in speech or manner She tends to be blunt. a blunt refusal
b : being straight to the point : direct To be perfectly blunt, I don't think he can do it.
3a : slow or deficient in feeling : insensitive … showing how blunt the eyes and ears of writers generally are …— Norman Foerster
b : obtuse (see obtuse sense 2a) in understanding or discernment : dull his blunt mind

blunt

verb
blunted; blunting; blunts

Definition of blunt (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make less sharp, definite, or forceful an ax blunted from use blunted their criticism by praising her enthusiasm

intransitive verb

: to become blunt (see blunt entry 1)

blunt

noun

Definition of blunt (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from blunt

Adjective

bluntly adverb
bluntness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blunt

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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Adjective

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

Examples of blunt in a Sentence

Adjective To be perfectly blunt, I find her annoying. He was blunt about needing more privacy. Verb a weapon blunted by use the mushy music blunted the effect of the movie's final tragic scene
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective An autopsy determined Kristy Manzanares was killed by blunt force trauma to her head and face, the document says. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Utah man will plead guilty in killing of his wife during an Alaska cruise," 4 Feb. 2020 The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the boy died of complications from blunt force trauma. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Bedford Heights mother charged in fatal crash that killed 7-year-old son," 4 Feb. 2020 Police had earlier said that the cause of death was blunt-force trauma to Johnson’s head and that alcohol intoxication was a contributing factor. Washington Post, "Local digest: Death of coach ruled justified homicide," 18 Dec. 2019 Unique visitors—the sheer number of people who have landed on a story—is the bluntest of metrics. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "The Top Twenty-Five New Yorker Stories of 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 Shirwa Hassan Jibril died Tuesday of complications resulting from blunt-force trauma head injuries, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "75-year-old victim of fatal Metro Transit bus stop assault identified," 13 Nov. 2019 McBride, 42, died of blunt force injuries, according to a Denver Office of the Medical Examiner news release. Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, "Victim in Denver Super 8 Motel slaying identified," 22 Oct. 2019 Cincinnati police homicide investigators took Mayes into custody after the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office determined her daughter, Avery Hobbs, died from blunt force trauma to the head and ruled it a homicide. Jennifer Edwards Baker, Cincinnati.com, "Murder trial to begin for mother accused of killing 4-year-old daughter," 13 Jan. 2020 All three died as the result of blunt force trauma from the storm, according to the Pickens County Coroner’s office. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Deaths, school damage, power outages from weekend storms: What we know," 12 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The gains reflect an expectation among investors that government responses will blunt the impact of the virus outbreak. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, "Dow Rises More than 400 Points as Higher Volatility Makes Comeback," 4 Feb. 2020 Valspar approached scientists at Baylor Medical School, who found that TMBPF blunted estrogen’s effect on test cells and that a polymer made from the molecule had a similar effect on testosterone, according to a 2017 paper in PLOS ONE. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "To replace controversial plastic additive BPA, a chemical company teams up with unlikely allies," 23 Jan. 2020 But while the always blunt and often amusing coach joins Alabama’s Nick Saban and LSU’s Ed Orgeron in that category, perhaps the most entertaining aspect of this news involves the program’s rivalry with Ole Miss, which recently hired Lane Kiffin. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "The arrivals of Mike Leach and Lane Kiffin in Mississippi just made the Egg Bowl a must-watch rivalry," 9 Jan. 2020 After observing the high percentage of centenarians with goiters—a condition that accompanies a low-functioning thyroid—Pes speculates that thiocyanate from a steady diet of kohlrabi may blunt thyroid function. National Geographic, "These traditional diets can lead to long lives," 17 Dec. 2019 The raw outrage that propelled millions of people out of their houses and into the streets for the first Women's March has been blunted over time, each terrible headline bringing with it not just horror, but shame. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "The Women's March 2020 Is This Weekend. Go, So You Don't Have to Go Next Year.," 17 Jan. 2020 Momentous changes are coming, but the immediate impact of Britain’s departure will be blunted because of a yearlong transition period. Washington Post, "Uncharted Brexit waters: UK’s Boris Johnson faces 2020 tests," 3 Jan. 2020 But cuddliness may have blunted LG’s innovative edge. The Economist, "LG, South Korea’s cuddliest chaebol, wants a sharper edge," 2 Jan. 2020 Yet somehow, the Americans blunted the advance and started turning back the enemy for good, setting Allied troops on a roll that would end the war in Europe less than five months later. Fox News, "Allies and former enemy Germany mark 75th anniversary of Battle of the Bulge," 17 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The star took to Instagram to share a big 2020 update in the form of a new-year haircut, showing her signature long waves cropped into a chic blunt lob. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Eva Mendes Just Debuted Her Shortest Haircut In Years," 4 Feb. 2020 The driver eventually turned over a marijuana blunt and additional marijuana and paraphernalia was found in the driver’s coat pocket. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Police respond to a disturbance call, man found with loaded handgun and knife: Brunswick Police Blotter," 23 Dec. 2019 Musk has been known to drag his companies into legal trouble—taking a hit of a blunt during a videotaped interview while running a major government contractor or violating securities rules by tweet. Wired, "Elon Musk to Testify as Diver's Slander Trial Gets Under Way," 3 Dec. 2019 The driver handed the officer a blunt filled with cannabis. Elizabeth Owens-schiele, chicagotribune.com, "Buffalo Grove police blotter: Resident has $256,000 in fraudulent checks written from savings account," 21 Oct. 2019 The bullhook is an implement made up of a long rod with a blunt or pointed hook at the end. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "America's Accredited Zoos Are Phasing Out Bullhook Use on Elephants: It's a 'Barbaric Device'," 21 Aug. 2019 Roffman’s students appreciate her blunt and holistic approach. Sarah Carr, The Atlantic, "What Sex Ed Could Be," 13 Jan. 2020 When a space shuttle returning from orbit hit the upper atmosphere at Mach 25, its blunt leading edges heated to 1400°C, which a skin of carbon-carbon composites helped it withstand. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "‘National pride is at stake.’ Russia, China, United States race to build hypersonic weapons," 8 Jan. 2020 Despite abundant criticism for his blunt and impolitic rhetoric as Metro board chairman, Evans helped focus the region’s attention on the need for dedicated funding for the transit system and aggressive steps to catch up on overdue maintenance. Robert Mccartney, Washington Post, "Harm to D.C.’s image will only grow as long as Jack Evans clings to council seat.," 10 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of blunt

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1988, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blunt

Adjective

Middle English blont, of uncertain origin

Verb

Middle English blonten, verbal derivative of blont blunt entry 1

Noun

from blunt "a short, thick cigar," noun derivative of blunt entry 1

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The first known use of blunt was in the 13th century

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“Blunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blunt. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for blunt

blunt

adjective
How to pronounce blunt (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of blunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a thick edge or point : not sharp
: saying or expressing something in a very direct way that may upset some people

blunt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blunt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) less sharp

blunt

adjective
\ ˈblənt How to pronounce blunt (audio) \
blunter; bluntest

Kids Definition of blunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from blunt

bluntly adverb

blunt

verb
blunted; blunting

Kids Definition of blunt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become less sharp

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