\ 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


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)



Definition of blunt (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Other Words from blunt


bluntly adverb
bluntness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blunt

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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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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First Known Use of blunt


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1988, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blunt


Middle English blont, of uncertain origin


Middle English blonten, verbal derivative of blont blunt entry 1


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

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\ 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


blunted; blunting

Kids Definition of blunt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become less sharp

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