\ 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


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)



Definition of blunt (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Other Words from blunt


bluntly adverb
bluntness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blunt

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Antonyms: Verb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But Simpson was far more blunt about his feelings about Trump and his party's efforts against Cheney in an interview with NBC News. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 28 June 2022 With some assistance from 21 Savage, Drake is blunt about his shy demeanor — which, this time around, isn’t about being charming, but rather more conducive to focusing on himself, and not on women. Richy Rosario, Billboard, 27 June 2022 Despite being blunt about everything else in her life, Jones did not confide the truth about her mental state to audiences or to her View co-hosts. Dave Quinn,, 2 June 2022 Roberts was blunt about the need for legislative changes as well. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 Ricketts, who tried talking Trump out of endorsing Herbster last year, is blunt about his opposition to Herbster’s bid. Reid J. Epstein,, 7 May 2022 At a rally in North Carolina where, oddly, Trump talked about his endorsement of Oz, the former President was even more blunt about the reasoning behind his pick. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 11 Apr. 2022 The Palestinian leadership, divided between Gaza and the West Bank, has failed to form a united negotiating position, while key Israeli leaders, including Mr. Bennett, are blunt about their opposition to a Palestinian state. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 In delivering their opening remarks, Republicans—especially three Republicans seen as 2024 presidential contenders—were blunt about their plans to probe Judge Jackson’s record. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, 22 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The largest difficulty is that the film’s potential is hampered by some odd choices that blunt its impact, building towards a conclusion that feels rushed. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Researchers are still trying to understand what measures effectively blunt the dangers of emergency driving. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 6 June 2022 Still, Berner couches that blunt assessment in praise. Maia Silber, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 Her rep had something to say about that—as blunt a denial as possible—and now the Daily Mail has taken its story down. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 4 June 2022 Their dominance in those arenas and toeholds in other businesses should blunt the pains of inflation, even as those challenges hammer big companies such as Walmart and Target and the stock market nears bear market territory. New York Times, 20 May 2022 And that could quickly blunt the league’s aspirations. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2022 But as noted, other than vaccination, the strategies being proposed will not materially blunt the coming predictable wave. Noah Millman, The Week, 16 Dec. 2021 However, officials have expressed some optimism that the widespread administration of vaccines and availability of therapeutics might blunt and potential uptick in fatalities. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During a search of the Mercedes, police found a blunt. John Benson, cleveland, 14 June 2022 In Chambers' viral campaign ad, the candidate smokes a blunt while pointing out that Black Americans are four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana, despite their rate of usage being about the same as for other racial groups. NBC News, 18 Apr. 2022 Amid a crowd of thousands Wednesday afternoon in Golden Gate Park, Aaron Lacy sat down, relaxed, and tried his best to roll a blunt. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2022 Serena’s blunt-cut wig, swooped behind her ears, evened the symmetry of her entire look. Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 Officials executed a search warrant on Morgan's white GMC pickup truck and recovered empty cans of Michelob Ultra in the front cab, marijuana and drug paraphernalia – including a bong, pipes and a blunt. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 25 Mar. 2022 Madonna is also seen smoking what appears to be a large blunt in the new clip. Dan Heching,, 10 Mar. 2022 While hosting a TikTok live stream to chat with fans about Hulu's Only Murders in the Building season finale, Gomez surprised her followers by debuting a sleek blunt bob after rocking long loose waves for the past few months. Charmaine Patterson,, 27 Feb. 2022 Meaning, your favorite Super Bowl commercial this year will not involve a blunt or a bong despite the intersection of the big game and legal cannabis. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of blunt


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1988, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blunt


Middle English blont, of uncertain origin


Middle English blonten, verbal derivative of blont blunt entry 1


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

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\ 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


blunted; blunting

Kids Definition of blunt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become less sharp

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