blunt

adjective
\ ˈblənt \

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, 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

Both died instantly from multiple blunt-force trauma injuries, Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said. Steve Burns, ajc, "2 from Gwinnett killed, 2 injured in Alabama crash," 10 July 2018 Buy Photo A mother and daughter found dead inside a high-rise in Ventnor, N.J., on Sunday morning died from blunt-force trauma, authorities said. Philly.com, "Mother, 87, and daughter found dead in Ventnor condo were killed by blunt force trauma," 9 July 2018 In his approach to other signature campaign pledges, Trump has selected blunt-force tools: concrete walls, trade wars, ICE raids. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent," 28 June 2018 An autopsy concluded Harper died around Jan. 1 from blunt-force head trauma and had rib fractures. Fox News, "Parents of baby found in crawl space face homicide charges," 13 June 2018 The blunt force to his head had put him in a coma, ended his hockey career and in an instant changed his life forever. Keith Gave, Detroit Free Press, "Limousine crash ended Detroit Red Wings' summer of joy after just 6 days," 13 June 2018 The Medical Examiner’s office said Graham died less than two hours after the crash from multiple blunt-force injuries. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man charged with homicide in a fatal head-on crash in Wauwatosa," 6 June 2018 University of Chicago officials said the first month’s volume was in line with estimates, and 62 percent of trauma cases involved patients with blunt-force injuries, such as those associated with car crashes and serious falls. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Oak Lawn hospital expects slight drop in trauma patients from new Hyde Park ER, official says," 1 June 2018 An autopsy concluded that King died from blunt-force trauma and stab wounds. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Police: Missing Milwaukee teen was tortured, killed over video game theft," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dermer asked for the transition team’s help in blunting the work of the sitting President. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s New World Order," 11 June 2018 Yet far from draining his authority, sharing power with the establishment may have reinforced it, by blunting opposition. The Economist, "Indonesia’s president is neither a grubby politician nor a diehard reformer," 10 May 2018 Sometimes forgotten in the spiraling U.S. crisis of opiate abuse is a clinical fact about narcotic pain medications: addiction is basically an unwanted side effect of drugs that are highly effective at blunting pain. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "This engineered painkiller works like an opioid but isn't addictive in animal tests," 24 Apr. 2018 The Russian leader, who’s accused the U.S. of triggering a new arms race by building up a missile-defense system Putin says is aimed at blunting his country’s strategic deterrent, said any use of nuclear weapons would lead to Armageddon. Henry Meyer, Bloomberg.com, "Putin Praises Trump as Ready Partner, Blasts U.S. ‘System’," 7 Mar. 2018 That could blunt the impact of one of the biggest weapons the country wields in a trade fight with the United States. Raymond Zhong, BostonGlobe.com, "China’s taste for soybeans is a weak spot in trade war with Trump," 9 July 2018 That could blunt the impact of one of the biggest weapons the country wields in a trade fight with the United States. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "China’s Taste for Soybeans Is a Weak Spot in the Trade War With Trump," 9 July 2018 At least as important, such moves could blunt the concerns of legislators, who made social media addiction a talking point in Zuckerberg’s testimony before Senate committees in April. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Facebook Is Developing a Time-Management Tool for Users," 23 June 2018 For Texas Republicans, particularly those like Hurd facing strong challenges in the November midterm elections, Trump’s unusual about-face could blunt what has become both a political and humanitarian crisis. Kevin Diaz, Houston Chronicle, "Trump immigration policies endanger Texas Republicans ahead of midterm elections," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The officer reportedly found several small blunts filled with synthetic marijuana, a marijuana grinder and a pipe during a vehicle search. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood police: 6-year-old hit-and-run victim making progress," 9 Apr. 2018 There's the blunt supermodel bobs of the '90s, '80s power-suit curls, and now, '20s flapper finger waves are having a moment. refinery29.com, "Hollywood's Biggest 2018 Hair Trend Is A Total Throwback," 27 Mar. 2018 An eccentric figure, to say the least, Lawrence immediately stands out as a very different kind of commander: strict in his own right, blunt in his words, but seemingly liberal if only in his artistic interests. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Handmaid's Tale' Just Set the Stage for "Powerful" Season 2 Finale," 4 July 2018 In a political environment where even her fellow Democrats often stay vague on climate change, Ocasio-Cortez has been specific and blunt in talking about the global warming crisis. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Can Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Save The Planet?," 3 July 2018 The Nature Conservancy is also using genetic data to inform the restoration of the blunt-nosed leopard lizard, determining what populations might be better suited for a warming climate, and should therefore be prioritized. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?," 2 July 2018 Known for his blunt manner, Tomlinson was also a whiz with the online database known as the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which can only be accessed by brokers and Realtors, and supplies data for web services such as Realtor.com. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "'I'm going to ruin your career.' Realtor rivalry unfolds at Miami extortion trial," 19 June 2018 The Warriors' Kevin Durant was blunt when asked about Bryan Colangelo's alleged burner accounts. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Kevin Durant on Bryan Colangelo Alleged Burner Accounts: 'It Ain’t Got Sh-- to Do With Me'," 30 May 2018 Healthy papillae protect the cheek and mouth from scratches and injuries, and blunt or ulcerated papillae can be an indication of a disease. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "This is How Camels Can Eat Spikey Cacti," 30 May 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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More Definitions for blunt

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 \
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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