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blunt

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adjective \ˈblənt\

Definition of blunt

  1. 1a :  slow or deficient in feeling :  insensitive … showing how blunt the eyes and ears of writers generally are … — Norman Foersterb :  obtuse (see obtuse 2a) in understanding or discernment :  dull his blunt mind

  2. 2 :  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

  3. 3a :  abrupt in speech or manner She tends to be blunt. a blunt refusalb :  being straight to the point :  direct To be perfectly blunt, I don't think he can do it.

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.

Origin and Etymology of blunt

Middle English blont, of uncertain origin


First Known Use: 13th century

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make less sharp, definite, or forceful an ax blunted from use blunted their criticism by praising her enthusiasm

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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

Origin and Etymology of blunt

Middle English blonten, verbal derivative of blont 1blunt


First Known Use: 14th century


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blunt

noun

Definition of blunt

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

Origin and Etymology of blunt

from blunt “a short, thick cigar,” noun derivative of 1blunt


First Known Use: 1988



BLUNT Defined for English Language Learners

blunt

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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

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adjective \ˈblənt\

Definition of blunt for Students

blunter

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bluntest

  1. 1 :  having a thick edge or point :  dull a blunt knife

  2. 2 :  speaking or spoken in plain language without thought for other people's feelings blunt remarks

bluntly

adverb

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blunt

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verb

Definition of blunt for Students

blunted

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blunting

  1. :  to make or become less sharp



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