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

abrupt, bluff, brusque (also brusk), crusty, curt, downright, short, short-spoken, snippy, unceremonious

Synonyms: Verb

benumb, cauterize, damp, dampen, deaden, dull, numb

Antonyms: Adjective

circuitous, mealymouthed

Antonyms: Verb

sharpen, whet

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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

But the blunt language Geng used was a stronger declaration of blame. Megan Specia, BostonGlobe.com, "Iran says it has surpassed critical nuclear enrichment limit in 2015 accord," 8 July 2019 Upon arrival, visitors pick from a small armory of blunt weapons — sledgehammers, shovels, crowbars, a surprisingly sturdy furniture leg — to demolish the inventory of beer bottles, old TVs and tables. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Breaking news (literally): I smashed a toaster at Wreck It Ft Laudy and it felt so good | SummerTimeOut," 3 July 2019 The queasy-making scenes of their hotel-room meetings are blunt and effective. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "“The Loudest Voice” Eviscerates Roger Ailes and Fox News," 30 June 2019 But blunt proposals such as canceling debt — to the tune of $1.6 trillion — or offering free college are laughably unserious. Robert Gebelhoff, Twin Cities, "Robert Gebelhoff: Yes, I want to pay off my student loans," 30 June 2019 But blunt proposals such as canceling debt – to the tune of $1.6 trillion – or offering free college are laughably unserious. Robert Gebelhoff, The Denver Post, "Commentary: Yes, I want to pay off my student loans, but these relief plans aren’t serious," 26 June 2019 Last month, Nye took a break from his lighthearted, kid-friendly scientist persona to share a blunt message about the seriousness of climate change. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Bill Nye Believes in Aliens, Declares They 'Gotta Be Out There' at Men in Black Premiere," 12 June 2019 But this time, notoriously blunt TV personality Simon Cowell will be judging Landers’ singing and guitar playing. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "Alabama musician to appear on ‘America’s Got Talent’," 22 June 2019 Stories that voters once heard as folksy tales of the last century’s Senate no longer sound so benign to an electorate convulsed by President Trump’s blunt appeals to racial animus. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Biden Has Not Changed. The Politics, Culture and Mood of His Party Have.," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The proposal is the latest from a Democratic presidential candidate that aims to tackle the growing problem of student debt, which has been blamed for blunting the economic prospects of million of Americans. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Bernie Sanders wants to erase $1.6 trillion in student debt by taxing Wall Street," 24 June 2019 Both are, however, vulnerable to chips or breaks if subjected to blunt force in unsupported areas—like, say, by dropping a cast iron skillet right on the corner of your counter—and both can stain. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Main Differences Between Quartz and Granite," 17 June 2019 Spanning nearly 4,000 square miles on both sides of the Indian-Bangladeshi border, this dense swamp of flood-tolerant trees stands as a green wall, absorbing storm surges and blunting even the worst cyclones. Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic, "This vanishing forest protects the coasts—and lives—of two countries," 17 June 2019 Elsewhere, manager Asako Takakura may look to bolster her attack after looking so blunt in their first game. SI.com, "Women's World Cup - Matchday 8 Preview: How to Watch, Live Stream, Team News & More," 12 June 2019 Those provisions include curveballs that could blunt or even eliminate the benefit for some sectors, including refining, BI said in a report Thursday. Bloomberg, Houston Chronicle, "Is tax overhaul really a good deal for Big Oil?," 8 Jan. 2018 Those provisions include curveballs that could blunt or even eliminate the benefit for some sectors, including refining, BI said in a report Thursday. Bloomberg.com, "Big Oil Finds Hurdles Buried in Trump’s ‘America-First’ Tax Plan," 8 Jan. 2018 By almost doubling the standard deductions for individual and joint tax filers, the law blunts the advantage of the mortgage-interest deduction. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: The Housing Market," 15 Feb. 2019 One force blunting better wage gains in a state with a hot job market could be other states. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Big Wage Gains Are Unlikely, San Francisco Fed Says," 14 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The book was vintage Iacocca — blunt, folksy, opinionated, colorful and full of details about his turbulent career. Charlotte W. Craig, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca dies: Father of Mustang, rescuer of Chrysler was 94," 2 July 2019 The tip shouldn’t be too sharp; just a little blunt. Ellen Warren, chicagotribune.com, "She took on a weight loss challenge; now she’s on the hunt for a new style," 26 June 2019 Her face, complete with blunt, Germanic bangs, is briefly duplicated on a giant screen like an evangelical preacher’s. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 The board had just finished a two-day retreat on campus, with blunt, spirited, sometimes emotional discussions about the university, its leadership and its future. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "Michigan State board votes to keep Engler as president despite public pressure," 22 June 2018 Her feed is a menagerie of memes, videos of her dancing in front of the camera with a blunt, and press moments from The Florida Project. Emily Sundberg, The Cut, "Bria Vinaite Can Speak Magical Things Into Existence," 22 Jan. 2018 His cause of death was listed in Dallas County medical examiner's records as homicidal violence including blunt and sharp force injuries. Dallas News, "Man who fled to Mexico after 2017 Irving slaying arrested when he tried to re-enter U.S., police say," 24 June 2019 Both of the girls' bobs are ultra-blunt and somehow stayed that way all throughout their tropical vacation. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Is the Latest Celeb to Join the Bob Club," 11 June 2019 The movie’s point is ultimately pretty blunt, but its method of delivery is complex and challenging. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The BlacKkKlansman team previously made the daring Chi-Raq, now streaming on Amazon," 10 Aug. 2018

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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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More Definitions for blunt

blunt

adjective

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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