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

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Synonyms: Verb

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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 Longer, wider, and taller than before but riding on the same wheelbase, the new Pathfinder looks truckier, with a blunt front end and a boxy greenhouse. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 9 June 2021 Papi is both empathetic and blunt, validating those who contact him while still seizing opportunities to poke fun at them. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 Vice President Kamala Harris is diving into those challenges this week during her first foreign trip, sending a blunt message to migrants while in Guatemala: Don't come. Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, 8 June 2021 The cause of death is blunt force injury in the manner of an accident. Nick Shepherd, San Antonio Express-News, 5 June 2021 McMillan wasn't very thrilled with Capela's blunt chatter, but his teammates loved it. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 His body was found on a trail near Galvin Parkway and McDowell Road with evidence of blunt force trauma, Phoenix police said. Monica D. Spencer, The Arizona Republic, 30 May 2021 The autopsy report said the body showed signs of torture that included blunt head trauma and burn marks, suspected to have been caused by a vehicle's cigarette lighter. Tom Odula, ajc, 29 May 2021 He had been struck above the brow with something blunt and stabbed in the chest, a coroner’s report says. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Moscow has long touted its de-dollarization efforts as a way to blunt the impact of Western sanctions. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 3 June 2021 Our regional presence helped blunt the impact of President Trump’s unfortunate decision to reduce U.S. forces in Syria and reassured allies and friends, most notably Israel, that the U.S. was not ceding the region to Iran or Russia. Roger Zakheim, National Review, 24 May 2021 Walz said the state's vaccination efforts helped blunt the surge in case growth while minimizing hospitalizations and deaths due to the virus. Mohamed Ibrahim, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 And, surges have usually occurred in other parts of the country before hitting California — so if the state keeps up the pace of its vaccinations, that effort combined with recent natural immunity could blunt a possible fourth surge. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Mar. 2021 And while rising vaccinations are credited for helping to blunt the impact of the pandemic – states are reporting a nearly 17 percent decline in the last week -- the U.S. daily case average is still nearly 55,000. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 27 Apr. 2021 In fact, this quick recovery in and of itself might be inspiring more investor confidence out of the belief that governments can jump in and blunt the impact of future crises. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Coronavirus cases and deaths are dropping most rapidly among Connecticut’s oldest residents, in the latest sign that vaccination has begun to blunt the impact of COVID-19 in the state. Emily Brindley, courant.com, 22 Mar. 2021 In securing the funds, the White House and members of Congress sought to blunt the impact of significant revenue shortfalls in cities, counties and more than half of all U.S. states. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In an interview last year on rapper Talib Kweli's People's Party show, DMX said his drug abuse started at age 14 when his then-mentor gave him a blunt laced with crack. NBC News, 3 Apr. 2021 When asked about the odor, the driver showed him a blunt. John Benson, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2021 In fact, according to Appleton's Instagram, the upcoming video features Lopez in a few different hairstyles, including a blunt, platinum bob with a floral hair stencil printed over the top. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 29 Dec. 2020 Dualism this blunt is a fallacy, and widely derided now as such. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 27 Dec. 2020 When asked about the odor, the man handed over a blunt. John Benson, cleveland, 9 Dec. 2020 Potter’s ironies, veering between the blunt and the exquisite, the oblique and the confrontational, expose the cruel hazards of nature and the perversities of culture. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2020 Over the summer, Claudia attracted hundreds of thousands of followers on TikTok and Twitter for her blunt, cheeky criticism of Trump and support of progressive politics, her posts a spectacle of Gen Z rebellion. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 8 Oct. 2020 Trump brought his confrontational style to Tuesday night’s debate, constantly interrupting Biden, prompting numerous blunt and angry retorts on both sides. Jeffrey Taylor, Bloomberg.com, 30 Sep. 2020

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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 23 Jun. 2021.

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blunt

adjective

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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