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

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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 Her blunt, understated way of talking about incomprehensible data gives her an air of probity. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, "How the Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously," 30 Apr. 2021 Others in the car industry aren’t so blunt but recognize that ineffective monitoring systems are a problem that, if not addressed, risks inviting heavier-handed regulation from lawmakers. Los Angeles Times, "The (near) future of driving: Cars that watch you watch them steer," 29 Apr. 2021 The cause of death for both victims is blunt force injury, the medical examiner said. Hayley Vaughn, NBC News, "29-year-old woman dies after man jumps from parking garage and lands on top of her," 28 Apr. 2021 The cause of death was later determined to be blunt force trauma, but police did not say if the matter was being investigated as a homicide. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Arrest made after 2-month-old child dies of blunt force trauma on Milwaukee's west side," 28 Apr. 2021 Playing Johnson & Johnson was @nursenatee, who materialized on TikTok in January and started posting blunt comedy videos largely inspired by life as a Covid-era traveling nurse. New York Times, "When Vaccines Become an Internet Personality Test," 27 Apr. 2021 The dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel and is, to be blunt, very early '80s. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Princess Diana's Wedding Dress Will Be on Display Soon," 26 Apr. 2021 The appellate ruling was also noteworthy for its blunt description of the CIA’s treatment of its prisoner. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Supreme Court to review Guantanamo torture case. U.S. claims national security at risk," 26 Apr. 2021 The messages conveyed to Mr. Min Aung Hlaing were unusually blunt and could be seen as a breach of the conservative 10-nation bloc’s bedrock principle forbidding member states from interfering in each other’s affairs. Niniek Karmini, The Christian Science Monitor, "Southeast Asia leaders demand end to violence in Myanmar," 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Samuel Scarpino, an epidemiologist at Northeastern University, said the vaccines appear to have arrived just in time to blunt a variant-fueled surge that was ramping up in March. BostonGlobe.com, "Encouraging signs are beginning to emerge in Mass. coronavirus data," 22 Apr. 2021 For those born before the 1980’s, the shingles vaccine, usually given as two doses, roughly 3 to 6 months apart, has helped blunt the risk of shingles outbreaks later in life. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, "The Covid-19 Vaccine Won’t Give You Herpes. Here’s Why.," 20 Apr. 2021 After four years of former President Donald Trump trying and failing to revive coal country, there is now an acknowledgement within the industry that more pain is coming -- and new ideas are needed to blunt the damage. Matt Egan, CNN, "Coal miners join climate activists to back Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan," 20 Apr. 2021 Some progressives want to grow the court's size as a way to blunt the influence of President Donald Trump's three nominees, which have given conservatives an ostensible 6-3 edge at the Supreme Court for the first time in generations. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Three Supreme Court justices tackle U.S. partisan divisions in public remarks," 16 Apr. 2021 Image Western pharmaceutical companies have prioritized shipments to wealthy nations that placed orders early, leaving Latin America to rely predominantly on Chinese vaccines to blunt an epidemic that has left a brutal toll. New York Times, "Paraguay’s ‘Life and Death’ Covid Crisis Gives China Diplomatic Opening," 16 Apr. 2021 Democrats want to add additional justices appointed by President Joe Biden in order to blunt the effect of the three Justices appointed by President Donald Trump. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Pelosi slaps down legislation to pack Supreme Court," 15 Apr. 2021 If that’s not enough to blunt criticism of the party, a fragmentation of its voting bloc could leave the Northern Ireland Assembly in the hands of nationalists led by a Sinn Fein First Minister. Ian Bremmer, Time, "What the Protests in Northern Ireland Could Mean for the Future of Its Peace," 15 Apr. 2021 And Holness has represented Fort Lauderdale for 10 years on the commission, which could blunt Thurston’s reach in the city. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Death of congressman Alcee Hastings sets off political showdown, as candidates line up to replace him," 11 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In an interview last year on rapper Talib Kweli's People's Party show, DMX said his drug abuse started at age 14 when his then-mentor gave him a blunt laced with crack. NBC News, "DMX remains on life support after heart attack, lawyer says," 3 Apr. 2021 When asked about the odor, the driver showed him a blunt. John Benson, cleveland, "Runaway dog returns home with a gunshot wound: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 31 Mar. 2021 In fact, according to Appleton's Instagram, the upcoming video features Lopez in a few different hairstyles, including a blunt, platinum bob with a floral hair stencil printed over the top. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "J.Lo Shows Off Purple Ombré Hair With Her New “Unicorn Barbie” Look," 29 Dec. 2020 Dualism this blunt is a fallacy, and widely derided now as such. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "How America Got Comfortable With Comfort TV," 27 Dec. 2020 When asked about the odor, the man handed over a blunt. John Benson, cleveland, "Speeding driver with warrants eludes police: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 9 Dec. 2020 Potter’s ironies, veering between the blunt and the exquisite, the oblique and the confrontational, expose the cruel hazards of nature and the perversities of culture. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Five Movies About Royals to Compete with “The Crown”," 20 Nov. 2020 Over the summer, Claudia attracted hundreds of thousands of followers on TikTok and Twitter for her blunt, cheeky criticism of Trump and support of progressive politics, her posts a spectacle of Gen Z rebellion. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Claudia Conway's TikToks Can't Save Democracy," 8 Oct. 2020 Trump brought his confrontational style to Tuesday night’s debate, constantly interrupting Biden, prompting numerous blunt and angry retorts on both sides. Jeffrey Taylor, Bloomberg.com, "Debate Commission Says Changes Coming After Trump-Biden Faceoff," 30 Sep. 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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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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