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

abrupt, bluff, brusque (also brusk), crusty, curt, downright, short, short-spoken, snippy, unceremonious

Synonyms: Verb

benumb, cauterize, damp, dampen, deaden, dull, numb

Antonyms: Adjective

circuitous, mealymouthed

Antonyms: Verb

sharpen, whet

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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

Using his signature blunt humor, Davidson pointed out the double standard between women and men who date younger people. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Beckinsale and Pete Davidson Respond to the Reactions to Their Relationship," 27 Mar. 2019 On Sunday night, the first teaser was released: a solo photo of Lisa with a gorgeous gray-toned lob and her signature blunt bangs. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Jennie of Blackpink Reveals New Blonde Hair in "Kill This Love" Promo," 26 Mar. 2019 Some directors welcomed the new voice, even if Garden could prove abrasive at times, while others on the board were blunt in declaring their distaste for him. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 The Congressional Budget Office was even more blunt in a long-term assessment released Tuesday. Washington Post, "AP FACT CHECK: Were tax cuts really an ‘economic miracle?’," 30 June 2018 At Tuesday’s rally, Nasir Almasri, a 25-year-old Palestinian-American MIT graduate student, was even more blunt in his criticism. Danny Mcdonald And Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "In Boston, hundreds rally for Palestine, against Israel and the US," 16 May 2018 Haley’s Voice United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley was especially blunt in her assessment of the Syrian regime during meetings with Trump, the person said. Toluse Olorunnipa, Bloomberg.com, "Warship Ruse and New Stealth Missiles: How the U.S. and Allies Attacked Syria," 14 Apr. 2018 United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley was especially blunt in her assessment of the Syrian regime during meetings with Trump, the person said. chicagotribune.com, "Warship ruse and new stealth missiles: How the Syria attack unfolded," 14 Apr. 2018 Shero had purposely picked his seat so Hall’s back would be turned to the TV–both men were blunt in their postmortems. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Taylor Hall Raises the Bar for Himself, Devils in MVP-Caliber Season," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

By almost doubling the standard deductions for individual and joint tax filers, the law blunts the advantage of the mortgage-interest deduction. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: The Housing Market," 15 Feb. 2019 One force blunting better wage gains in a state with a hot job market could be other states. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Big Wage Gains Are Unlikely, San Francisco Fed Says," 14 Jan. 2019 The companies’ gambit to blunt an unfavorable legal decision and shift their financial burden to taxpayers through an initiative could be the first of its kind in California, political observers have said. Liam Dillon, latimes.com, "Will paint companies pay to clean up lead in homes? California voters could decide in November," 27 June 2018 The results point to some challenges that drugmakers will face this year, as public scrutiny limits their willingness to raise prices to increase sales and blunt the impact of competition from drug copies. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson Expects Sales Growth to Slow," 22 Jan. 2019 Now, there are always to blunt the trauma, but if even a single person losses care or access to quality coverage in the process, the electorate will recoil. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump's favorite county," 3 Aug. 2018 That hurts refiners and could eventually cause U.S. fuel prices to rise for everything from gasoline to diesel to jet fuel, though high gasoline inventories likely will blunt the impact on consumers. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Canada Can’t Capitalize on Crude Shortfall Created by Venezuela Sanctions," 14 Feb. 2019 Washington would need at least 8,000 interceptors to blunt Russia’s nuclear force, an unaffordable number, but the situation still makes Moscow uneasy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Tests Yet Another Hypersonic Weapon," 27 Dec. 2018 But law enforcement efforts have been blunted by the current administration’s political appointments. Maria Verza, The Seattle Times, "Poverty, unemployment, violence drive Guatemalan emigration," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Chancellor Richard Carranza has been blunt in calling for better integration of New York City classrooms. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Schools Chancellor Speaks Boldly for Diversity, but Critics Want Action," 27 Mar. 2019 Moreover, the tips of the bayonets were not sharpened but blunt, cast to tear at an opponent’s flesh like a shark’s tooth. . . . Peter Cozzens, WSJ, "‘Valley Forge’ Review: In the Bleak Midwinter," 21 Dec. 2018 After giving us a sneak peek at her fresh look on Instagram earlier in the day, Kim Kardashian debuted her new blunt cut bob at a charity fundraiser on Sunday. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kim and Khloé Kardashian Are Twins in Their Matching Outfits and "Mom Bobs"," 30 July 2018 His forms are matter-of-fact yet absurd; not surreal, but disturbing and haunting in their blunt, bare, cold realism and their moonlit, nocturnal palette. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà’ Review: Every Object’s Mysteries," 16 Jan. 2019 Chin-grazing cuts reigned over the year's biggest beauty headlines, as Jennifer Lopez, Saoirse Ronan and Kim Kardashian West picked up the shears in favor of blunt, graphic crops. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Celebrity Hair Transformations That Ruled 2018," 9 Dec. 2018 And then there is the highlighter pink hair, as seen on Japanese pop stars Amiaya, who showed off their twinning bubblegum pink blunt bobs in Florence. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The First Breakout Beauty Trend of 2019 Is Already Blowing Up on Instagram," 10 Jan. 2019 Ed Mercer, the first live-action lead character Mr. MacFarlane has played on TV, helms the circular bridge of the Orville with a mix of human and alien officers, plus a blunt-talking robot. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "‘The Orville’ and Its Vintage Vibe Fill the Void for Some ‘Star Trek’ Fans," 26 Dec. 2018 The triple threat hit the red carpet for the A Star Is Born premiere looking unrecognizable in a bright blonde bob and blunt bangs, confirming that the lobs that dominated red carpets over the summer are about to get even shorter for fall. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Julianne Hough Got a Brand-New Bob Haircut With Bangs," 25 Sep. 2018

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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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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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