blunt

adjective
\ ˈblənt \

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

Her first, from the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize, includes long, thick brunette hair and a set of blunt bangs. refinery29.com, "I Got Transformed Into Adele — & This Is What I Looked Like," 11 July 2018 To be blunt, the maternity clothing market is less than thrilling. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Hatch Dress and 3 Other Maternity Brands That Are Actually Chic," 11 Jan. 2019 This is, to be blunt, complete and utter banthawash. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "Cantina Talk: No, Kathleen Kennedy Isn't Leaving Lucasfilm," 18 June 2018 To be blunt, the 23-year-old, a young one at that, has been one of the Rangers' top players the past two weeks. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers expected a good glove. Kiner-Falefa also delivering with his bat | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 Apr. 2018 Sometimes, this means using and moving your literal head as a blunt object. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Feel better about your PlayStation VR with sweet new games Astro Bot, Firewall," 11 Oct. 2018 He was found murdered in his Scottsdale apartment on June 29, 1978, his skull bashed in with a blunt object and an electrical cord around his neck. John D'anna, azcentral, "'Hogan's Heroes' star Bob Crane was murdered 40 years ago. Why does it still fascinate us?," 29 June 2018 Officer Guillermo Ravelo was charged with striking a man with his fist during a traffic stop and hitting another citizen with a blunt object. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Police Framed 16-Year-Old for Burglaries to Boost Crime Stats: Prosecutors," 12 June 2018 During the same time frame as the latest civil rights case, Ravelo was accused of hitting a driver with his fist during a traffic stop in April 2013 and of striking another person with a blunt object a few months later. Charles Rabin And Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Ex-police chief, 2 officers framed teen for burglaries in tiny Miami town, feds say," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The president’s decision on Tuesday to withdraw from the pact will force the White House and the Pentagon to shift focus to blunting Iran’s influence on battlefields across the Middle East. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "In Syria, an accidental bulwark against Iran shows confusion of Trump policy," 12 May 2018 The second malaise Weisman identifies as blunting Jewish alertness to the peril of the times is the hollowing out of a Jewish identity that is neither uncritically Zionist nor devoutly religious. Simon Schama, New York Times, "How to Be a Jew in the Age of Trump?," 26 Mar. 2018 In his speech, Azar denounced the industry’s effort to blunt federal intervention. Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Drugmakers may have to disclose prices of medicine in television ads," 15 Oct. 2018 In Houston, the fault lines became particularly jagged as Democratic leaders in Washington sought to blunt Moser’s advance to the runoff. Kevin Diaz, Houston Chronicle, "Democratic runoff foes differ on best way to oust Republican incumbent Culberson," 9 Apr. 2018 That would make Chinese products cheaper and more attractive to foreign buyers, potentially blunting the higher costs that U.S. tariffs would impose. Matt Phillips, The Seattle Times, "As trade war escalates, stock markets shrug — here’s why," 18 Sep. 2018 Moreover, the big ride-hailing incumbents like Didi and Uber provide a full range of services through their apps, blunting auto makers’ efforts to differentiate themselves by offering premium rides. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "Daimler Starts Ride-Hailing Venture with China’s Geely," 24 Oct. 2018 That was the case here, blunting enough of Belgium’s typically rampant attack to survive and advance with the minimum of fuss. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "France knocks off Belgium to reach World Cup final," 10 July 2018 A few weeks ago, Democrats were outwardly nervous about whether economic growth and high-profile (if incomplete) peace talks with North Korea were blunting their momentum for the fall. David Weigel, Washington Post, "What Republicans just can’t seem to get away from," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His forms are matter-of-fact yet absurd; not surreal, but disturbing and haunting in their blunt, bare, cold realism and their moonlit, nocturnal palette. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà’ Review: Every Object’s Mysteries," 16 Jan. 2019 Chin-grazing cuts reigned over the year's biggest beauty headlines, as Jennifer Lopez, Saoirse Ronan and Kim Kardashian West picked up the shears in favor of blunt, graphic crops. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Celebrity Hair Transformations That Ruled 2018," 9 Dec. 2018 And then there is the highlighter pink hair, as seen on Japanese pop stars Amiaya, who showed off their twinning bubblegum pink blunt bobs in Florence. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The First Breakout Beauty Trend of 2019 Is Already Blowing Up on Instagram," 10 Jan. 2019 Ed Mercer, the first live-action lead character Mr. MacFarlane has played on TV, helms the circular bridge of the Orville with a mix of human and alien officers, plus a blunt-talking robot. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "‘The Orville’ and Its Vintage Vibe Fill the Void for Some ‘Star Trek’ Fans," 26 Dec. 2018 The triple threat hit the red carpet for the A Star Is Born premiere looking unrecognizable in a bright blonde bob and blunt bangs, confirming that the lobs that dominated red carpets over the summer are about to get even shorter for fall. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Julianne Hough Got a Brand-New Bob Haircut With Bangs," 25 Sep. 2018 Though the layered look is firmly entrenched in Hollywood, the fashion world has lately been catching on to the neat, graphic impact of the blunt cut. Eviana Hartman, Vogue, "The 19 Best Blunt Cuts of All Time, From Jane Birkin to Gwyneth Paltrow," 26 Dec. 2018 Rather than your typical blogger-esque blunt cut, the RiRi bob seems to be tapered a little, with textured ends, a softer shape and an effortless side sweep for extra volume. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Rihanna Got a Bob Haircut and It's Already My Summer Hair Inspo," 26 July 2018 Other car manufacturers have been more blunt in their assessment of the tariffs. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Why U.S. Metals Tariffs Are Unlikely to Change Trade Patterns," 17 July 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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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 \
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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