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blunt

adjective \ ˈblənt \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of blunt

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
2 a :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.
3 a :slow or deficient in feeling :insensitive
  • … showing how blunt the eyes and ears of writers generally are …
  • —Norman Foerster
b :obtuse (see obtuse 2a) in understanding or discernment :dull
  • his blunt mind

bluntly

adverb

bluntness

noun

Examples of blunt in a Sentence

  1. To be perfectly blunt, I find her annoying.

  2. He was blunt about needing more privacy.

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Origin and Etymology of blunt

Middle English blont, of uncertain origin

Synonym Discussion of blunt

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

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blunt

verb

Definition of blunt

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 1blunt)

Examples of blunt in a Sentence

  1. a weapon blunted by use

  2. the mushy music blunted the effect of the movie's final tragic scene

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Origin and Etymology of blunt

Middle English blonten, verbal derivative of blont 1blunt


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blunt

noun

Definition of blunt

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

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Origin and Etymology of blunt

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



BLUNT Defined for English Language Learners

blunt

adjective

Definition of blunt for English Language Learners

  • : having a thick edge or point : not sharp

  • : saying or expressing something in a very direct way that may upset some people


blunt

verb

Definition of blunt for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) less sharp


BLUNT Defined for Kids

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blunt

adjective \ ˈblənt \

Definition of blunt for Students

blunter; bluntest
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

bluntly

adverb

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blunt

verb

Definition of blunt for Students

blunted; blunting
:to make or become less sharp


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