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

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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 The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said the medical examiner has determined that Hill had died of blunt force trauma. Fox News, "2 NJ teens charged with murder in deadly beating of homeless man," 3 July 2020 Right or wrong, the toppling of three bronze sculptures last week in Golden Gate Park underscored a blunt fact: The age of heroic statuary has reached a dead end. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Are we already in a second wave?," 26 June 2020 Police said Morgan suffered blunt force trauma to his head, possibly from a hammer strike. Nj.com Staff, al, "Man wanted for New Jersey murder found dead in Dothan," 25 June 2020 Asked about the decision to discontinue the EV Champions program, Gromis was blunt. Maxine Joselow, Scientific American, "Lyft Aims for an All-Electric Fleet by 2030—Is That Possible?," 23 June 2020 Both Riley and Smith died from multiple blunt-force injuries, according to the medical examiner. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shooting victim, driver killed in Sunday morning car crash identified by medical examiner's office," 22 June 2020 Miguel Solis, then serving a temporary role in Jenkins’ office, was blunt. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "This Lewisville distillery shows why Congress put small businesses at forefront of coronavirus relief," 18 June 2020 The 20-page report, which was released with the consent of Floyd's family, also found Floyd had suffered blunt-force injuries to his face, shoulders, hands, arms, and legs, with bruises on his wrists from handcuffs and a broken rib. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Autopsy finds George Floyd had coronavirus before his death," 3 June 2020 The time of death was cited as 1:23 p.m. and multiple blunt force trauma injuries as a result of an accident were cited as the cause of death. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Victim identified in fatal crash Friday on Gene Snyder Freeway," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most were not entitled to the $1,200 payments, which Congress authorized to blunt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that threw tens of millions out of work. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Next of kin tried to return $1,200 stimulus checks to dearly departed taxpayers, but it’s not so easy," 1 July 2020 But on Monday, Republican Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry issued a citywide mask mandate to blunt a spike in coronavirus cases reported in Florida and the greater Jacksonville area. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "The GOP forced into masked convention," 30 June 2020 And from North America to Europe, Asia to Latin America, countries are taking distinct approaches to blunt the economic, social, and political consequences. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a pandemic, is a fast government check better than a larger one?," 29 June 2020 The former vice president’s supporters would like to blunt those charges and sense Bolton has given them some new ammunition. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Democrats wield Bolton book as shield against Trump 'Beijing Biden' attacks," 19 June 2020 To blunt the blow, Walsh in early April cut $82 million in spending like street improvement projects and economic development incentives, furloughed 270 employees and stopped funding all contracts for arts programs. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio might cut $109 million in spending over next two years as local economy recovers," 18 June 2020 In Texas, gay rights opponents already have promised to blunt its impact. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "‘We’re seen as equal.’ What the Supreme Court’s landmark LGBT ruling means for Texas workers," 15 June 2020 Since Trump first repeated the words of the president’s oath, tomes have been written about how intelligent advisers have self-destructed while trying to anticipate or blunt his most childish and fascist caprices. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "America’s Top General Isn’t That Sorry," 11 June 2020 With pro-level knife ownership comes a responsibility to keep pointy objects carefully stored, both to protect the blade from dings that blunt its usefulness and to protect others from unexpected jabs. Popular Science, "Affordable knife blocks to keep your blades safe and sharp," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Paul offered changes to the measure Thursday afternoon, which was met with blunt and emotional opposition from Sens. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "In emotional debate, Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris plead for Rand Paul to allow anti-lynching bill to pass," 4 June 2020 Our review suggests that footwear reduces the quality of information being sent to the brain and spinal cord, leading to more blunt running mechanics. Peter Francis, CNN, "Barefoot running: Why you should consider it to prevent injuries," 3 June 2020 His words were blunt and unsympathetic as usual, but he’s right that public order is first and foremost an obligation of state and local government. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Don’t Call in the Troops," 1 June 2020 The blunt yet rounded breastworks lead the way to a decent Cd of 0.34. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1991 Aston Martin Virage Modernizes the the British Brand," 27 May 2020 The original loading was a blunt-nosed 156-grain bullet driven at 2,379 fps. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The 6.5 Creedmoor Vs. the 6.5x55 Swedish," 26 May 2020 People in distress whose brief, blunt appeals read like private prayers summoning a savior. Los Angeles Times, "On GoFundMe in the time of coronavirus: pleas in the dark for money for food and rent," 2 May 2020 In an Instagram post on Friday, the 27-year-old debuted a hot new do: 24 inches (best guesstimate) of sleek jet-black hair, pressed bone straight, and blunt cut bangs. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Leomie Anderson Switched Up Her Quarantine Look And It Will Make You Want A Wig Stat," 1 May 2020 The trial reported that the experimental drug teplizumab, a monoclonal antibody that blunts immune activity, pushed back disease by about 2 years. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Could mass screening benefit kids at high risk of diabetes?," 23 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of blunt was in the 13th century

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“Blunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blunt. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for blunt

blunt

adjective
How to pronounce blunt (audio)

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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