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

Synonyms & Antonyms for blunt

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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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 He was taken to Jewish Hospital and died from blunt force trauma. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Sixth man sentenced in fatal 2017 robbery and assault of 62-year-old Louisville man," 18 Feb. 2020 O’Rourke’s remarks were consistent with a larger profile of issues in which religious conservatives see a moral obligation to engage, even if that means using a blunt instrument like President Trump. Andrew T. Walker, National Review, "Understanding Why Religious Conservatives Would Vote for Trump," 10 Feb. 2020 An autopsy later found signs of blunt force trauma. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Suspect charged with murder of Marshall County man found dead in burning vehicle," 7 Feb. 2020 Julie Marie Patterson, 39, died the evening of Aug. 8, 1991, after she was hit on the head with a blunt instrument while laying on a sofa in her home, according to an Arizona Republic article from Sept. 15, 1991. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "28 years later, family still awaits justice in murder of Fountain Hills woman," 10 Aug. 2019 An autopsy determined Kristy Manzanares was killed by blunt force trauma to her head and face, the document says. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Utah man will plead guilty in killing of his wife during an Alaska cruise," 4 Feb. 2020 The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the boy died of complications from blunt force trauma. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Bedford Heights mother charged in fatal crash that killed 7-year-old son," 4 Feb. 2020 Police had earlier said that the cause of death was blunt-force trauma to Johnson’s head and that alcohol intoxication was a contributing factor. Washington Post, "Local digest: Death of coach ruled justified homicide," 18 Dec. 2019 Unique visitors—the sheer number of people who have landed on a story—is the bluntest of metrics. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "The Top Twenty-Five New Yorker Stories of 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The anticlimactic Monday evening risks blunting the momentum of Buttigieg just before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Pete Buttigieg edges out Bernie Sanders for delegates in Iowa caucuses," 9 Feb. 2020 With time, doctors using CAR-T cell therapy have better managed CRS, finding ways to treat it quickly without blunting the therapy’s cancer-fighting power. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Deciphering a cancer treatment’s dark side," 17 Jan. 2020 However, corporate ingenuity and the law of unintended consequences blunted—sometimes completely—many of these attempts. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "New Laws Meant to Close Down Tax Havens and Shut Loopholes Could Have the Opposite Effect," 8 Jan. 2020 Yet the story's unrelenting nature works against it, blunting the lure of seeing Adam Sandler in one of his occasional dramatic performances -- a showy role, yes, but in a movie that proves all that glitters is not gold. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Adam Sandler shows his serious side in the manic 'Uncut Gems'," 12 Dec. 2019 The actors throw themselves into their roles with terrific zeal, enlivened by the often blunt dialogue and the issues at stake. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bombshell': Film Review," 9 Dec. 2019 War is too blunt an instrument to deliver such a clean ending. Cian O'driscoll, Quartz, "The myth of victory in modern warfare," 2 Dec. 2019 Biden's moves could be an attempt to blunt fellow White House contenders Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, who have escalated their critiques of the former vice president's handling of race in recent weeks. Thomas Beaumont, chicagotribune.com, "Joe Biden unveils criminal justice plan that reverses key provisions of 1994 crime bill he helped write," 23 July 2019 The gains reflect an expectation among investors that government responses will blunt the impact of the virus outbreak. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, "Dow Rises More than 400 Points as Higher Volatility Makes Comeback," 4 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The attacks are prompting blunt responses from Buttigieg's allies and even his Democratic rivals, who call the remarks inappropriate and offensive. Author: Amy B Wang, Chelsea Janes, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump allies take aim at Buttigieg’s sexuality, a possible sign of things to come," 14 Feb. 2020 During a search of the Ford, police found a baggie of marijuana and a blunt. John Benson, cleveland, "Argumentative liter bug arrested with warrant and marijuana: North Royalton Police Blotter," 30 Oct. 2019 Javonn then left the room to smoke a marijuana blunt. William Langhorne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Kenosha brothers charged in the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old boy," 20 June 2019 The star took to Instagram to share a big 2020 update in the form of a new-year haircut, showing her signature long waves cropped into a chic blunt lob. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Eva Mendes Just Debuted Her Shortest Haircut In Years," 4 Feb. 2020 The driver eventually turned over a marijuana blunt and additional marijuana and paraphernalia was found in the driver’s coat pocket. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Police respond to a disturbance call, man found with loaded handgun and knife: Brunswick Police Blotter," 23 Dec. 2019 Musk has been known to drag his companies into legal trouble—taking a hit of a blunt during a videotaped interview while running a major government contractor or violating securities rules by tweet. Wired, "Elon Musk to Testify as Diver's Slander Trial Gets Under Way," 3 Dec. 2019 The driver handed the officer a blunt filled with cannabis. Elizabeth Owens-schiele, chicagotribune.com, "Buffalo Grove police blotter: Resident has $256,000 in fraudulent checks written from savings account," 21 Oct. 2019 The bullhook is an implement made up of a long rod with a blunt or pointed hook at the end. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "America's Accredited Zoos Are Phasing Out Bullhook Use on Elephants: It's a 'Barbaric Device'," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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22 Feb 2020

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“Blunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blunt. Accessed 26 Feb. 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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