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

Another, blunter way of putting this: The only lesson violence ever teaches is a fundamentally authoritarian lesson. David Roberts, Vox, "Please don’t spank your kids," 3 July 2018 The sixth victim, Mariah Coogan, was not burned but died of blunt force injuries, officials said. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Scottsdale plane crash: Student pilot had cocaine in his system, report finds," 27 June 2018 Trump has been unusually blunt—for a national leader—about the fact that NATO largely exists to provide a united front against Russia. David Meyer, Fortune, "President Trump Reportedly Threatened to Pull the U.S. Out of NATO," 12 July 2018 Global warming denialists took the blunt discussions out of context to allege that researchers had tampered with data, but subsequent investigations found no evidence of fraud. John Schwartz, New York Times, "He Sues to Discredit Climate Scientists. Now He’s Being Sued by His Allies.," 11 July 2018 Gomez had been sporting a blunt bob for much of this year, including during recent press and red carpet appearances for Hotel Transylvania 3. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Selena Gomez Wears 'Only the Strong Survive' Shirt as Ex Justin Bieber Confirms Engagement," 10 July 2018 Pro tip for mature women: Saviano advises against thick, blunt bangs or any sharp lines, and instead opting for a softer, piecey look like Hawn has going on here. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "49 Classic Haircuts That Look Amazing at Any Age," 8 July 2018 He was whipped on the head with the blunt end of his own handgun, held at gunpoint while other firearms were stolen. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Kansas City's gun theft 'victims' are arming criminals — and getting away with it," 1 July 2018 Whereas the Democratic nominee focused on his temperament for much of the general election, party campaigners are now desperate to sharpen that blunt argument as much as possible, and as early as possible before 2020. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "How Should Democrats Tackle Trump in the Midterms? Focus on His Narcissism," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Twenty years have not blunted my instincts or reflexes. Christine M. Flowers, Philly.com, "Kate Spade's tragic suicide should be a reminder to listen to those you love | Christine Flowers," 7 June 2018 The instruments have blunt outer edges so they can be slipped around a piece of bed sheet, for example, without cutting skin. Chad Sokol, The Seattle Times, "Spokane County Jail removing bedsheets, hiring suicide-prevention expert after 3 inmates hang themselves in a year," 1 July 2018 The initiative would have blunted a state appeals court ruling that made the companies liable for the cleanup. Liam Dillon, latimes.com, "Paint companies pull lead cleanup measure from California's November ballot," 29 June 2018 And as blunt as that sentence was, that’s how blunt this movie is too. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "Campy dystopia in 'The Misandrists' doesn't spare graphic details," 21 June 2018 Baker came into office promising to turn around the county’s image and blunt the foreclosure crisis caused in part by lending practices that hit the majority-African-American jurisdiction particularly hard. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "In governor's race, Democrat Rushern Baker says he turned around Prince George's and will do same for Maryland," 17 May 2018 Throughout his tenure in the West Wing, John Kelly has been held up as a moderating force who, for God and country, can act to blunt some of this president's more dangerous instincts. Jay Willis, GQ, "John Kelly's Xenophobia Is Showing Again," 11 May 2018 The WaPo reports that the objection in the Senate is that having the vote now would give red state Democrats a do-over on their initial opposition to the plan, blunting the effect of tens of millions of dollars in attack ads. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Country roads, take us home," 20 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nashville police officers saw Antonio Freeman roll what appeared to be marijuana in a blunt, FOX17 Nashville reported, citing an arrest affidavit. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Man arrested after sprinkling cocaine on officer's head, police say," 27 June 2018 The singer is seen smoking (what looks like a blunt), as Jameel gestures defensively. Leah Rodriguez, The Cut, "Rihanna Responds to Memes of Her Arguing With Boyfriend With a Meme of Her Own," 12 July 2018 All of the bodies showed signs of blunt-force trauma, authorities said. Angel Jennings, latimes.com, "Woman arrested in connection with triple homicide in Leimert Park," 24 May 2018 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

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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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