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 Originally, TikTok took a far more blunt approach to content moderation, seemingly in an effort to minimize any chance of controversy. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "New Rules, Who Dis: TikTok Overhauls Its Community Guidelines," 8 Jan. 2020 The letters of Gustav and Alma have an almost frenzied urgency, but Gustav, selfish and demanding, was also candid and blunt. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, "It Had to Be Her," 7 Jan. 2020 There are tips in bold for, say, removing the stamens from plantain flowers (tug at them with the blunt edge of knife) and choosing the most pickle-worthy okra (look for tails that break with a snap). Tejal Rao, New York Times, "India’s ‘Pickle Queen’ Preserves Everything, Including the Past," 6 Jan. 2020 America’s increasingly blunt warnings about Chinese investment have met with a mixture of reactions across Europe. Ryan Meilak, National Review, "A New Year’s Resolution for the Transatlantic Community," 3 Jan. 2020 The blunt exchange was part of a morning-long clash in back-to-back hearings in which House lawyers said the impeachment inquiry against Trump remains open. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "'Food fight' or congressional oversight? Appeals court weighs whether to enforce subpoenas issued in impeachment inquiry," 3 Jan. 2020 While experienced African PHs like this horsepower for addressing elephants and charging buffalos, few hunters appreciate the looping trajectory curve these heavy, generally blunt-nosed bullets scribe. Outdoor Life, "The Best Big Bore Rifles For Your First African Safari: .375 H&H vs. .416 Rem. Mag. vs. .458 Win. Mag," 3 Jan. 2020 Found dead of blunt force injuries at Southwest Barbur Boulevard and 21st Avenue, near the Southwest Multnomah Boulevard overpass. oregonlive, "35 homicides in Portland in 2019 involved victims ranging in age from 18 to 65," 1 Jan. 2020 While firearms were used in most of the killings, others involved sharp-edged and blunt instruments or simple bare hands. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Homicide, gun violence continued to plague city in 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Work helps perception of police, too Aside from trying to blunt crises, there's another reason for Angels on Patrol, MacConnell said. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "When police officers need quick help for people in distress, this Phoenix charity answers the call," 24 Nov. 2019 Republicans, knowing that Hill's criticism was coming, used their opening remarks to try to blunt the attacks. Arkansas Online, "Expert: Ukraine meddling lie," 22 Nov. 2019 Somehow the tremendous resistance of the white South and former Confederates, which Douglass himself predicted would take ever more virulent forms, would be blunted. David W. Blight, The Atlantic, "Frederick Douglass’s Vision for a Reborn America," 9 Nov. 2019 These missiles are vitally important to Ukraine’s efforts to blunt Russia’s overwhelming military advantage by substantially raising the potential cost of further Russian military action. David French, Time, "Trump’s Damning Call With Ukraine’s President Demands an Impeachment Inquiry," 25 Sep. 2019 For years, Old Navy has been better than its sibling brands at making that kind of calculation—and thus has helped blunt the implosions at those chains. Fortune, "Old Navy Is About to Sail Away From Gap Inc.—and Into Some Choppy Waters," 24 Sep. 2019 Unbridled ambition can blunt the joy of the work, Mr. Skeel believes. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Jealousy at Ivy League level: How a law professor views Tenth Commandment," 23 Dec. 2019 Republican fundraisers also worry that lawsuits and infighting have blunted the dependable financial power of the National Rifle Association. Laura Strickler, NBC News, "Will Democrats beat GOP again in 'dark money' donations in 2020, despite rhetoric from the left?," 17 Dec. 2019 Our editors agree that this alone can blunt the edge of a tough commute. Washington Post, "Edmunds’ experts pick their favorite must-have car features," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Beto O’Rourke, who suspended his 2020 campaign activities to return to his home town of El Paso after a gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart, has been particularly blunt in calling Trump a racist and a white supremacist. Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times, "Biden says Trump enables white supremacists, compares him to George Wallace," 7 Aug. 2019 In the first woman’s death, which investigators initially thought was a drug overdose, the medical examiner determined that the victim died of blunt-force trauma. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Serial killer may be targeting women in Detroit: Here's what we know," 2 Nov. 2017 Thirty grams of marijuana is about an ounce, which is essentially enough pot for 60 joints, or spliffs, and about half as many blunts, depending on how much is rolled into the tobacco paper. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot: Chicago residents can smoke legal weed in their backyards or balconies without being ticketed," 5 Dec. 2019 But her rulings have been blunt, sometimes threatening the powerful and sending politicians and businesspeople to prison. Washington Post, "Face of Guatemala’s anti-corruption fight faces threats," 25 Nov. 2019 And, yes, as the folks at Opta Joe called it, that's 'blunt'. SI.com, "Shot Stat Shows Just How Bad Manchester United's Performance in AZ Alkmaar Draw Really Was," 3 Oct. 2019 In response, the Chilean government has ruled with blunt discipline. Wired, "Depth of Field: The Searing Colors of Santiago's Revolution," 14 Nov. 2019 The medical examiner determined the baby’s cause of death was acute and chronic blunt injuries with brain hemorrhages and rib fractures and determined the manner of death to be homicide. David Owens, courant.com, "Hartford mother charged in infant daughter’s death pleads guilty, agrees to testify against child’s father," 8 Nov. 2019 With his northern English accent and blunt manner, Hoyle has a contrasting style to the verbose Bercow. Washington Post, "Lindsay Hoyle chosen to replace Bercow as UK Commons speaker," 4 Nov. 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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11 Jan 2020

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“Blunt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bluntness. Accessed 19 January 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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