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 The director, George Kinoti, the country’s top detective, was blunt about why. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Kenyan police are using Twitter to become known as crime fighters, not killers," 1 Mar. 2021 Navalny also became blunt about stating his goal: being president. Anton Troianovski, BostonGlobe.com, "A life in opposition: Navalny’s path from gadfly to heroic symbol," 13 Feb. 2021 In New York City, Criswell plays a leading role in responding to the pandemic and has been blunt about the importance of individuals in containing the virus. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Biden’s Pick to Lead FEMA Signals Urgency on Pandemic and Climate Change," 19 Jan. 2021 Van Gundy has been pretty blunt about the fact that the biggest thing preventing Hayes from being a plus contributor every night is motor. Christian Clark | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Zion Williamson detonates on Kings as Pelicans' offense gets back on track," 18 Jan. 2021 Well, it's done a lot of damage, to be blunt about it. Salena Zito, Washington Examiner, "'Keep punching till your arms fall off'," 17 Dec. 2020 Hull is blunt about the financial incentives and lack of other prospects that drive many Sherpa guides onto the mountain, risking their lives to support the ambitions of wealthy foreign climbers. Eva Holland, Outside Online, "Two Books Show the Good and Bad of Everest Obsession," 13 Nov. 2020 Irving is blunt about her long struggle to see the positive. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "Column: This filmmaking program allows young women ‘cycle breakers’ to share what they see in the world," 13 Nov. 2020 Lindgren was blunt about the game’s opening three drives. oregonlive, "Once Oregon State got past the ‘bad football,’ the Beavers offense did good things against Washington State," 10 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Acknowledging the reality of the January day is meant to blunt the visceral impact of the House Democrats' case and pivot to what Trump's defenders see as the core — and more winnable — issue of the trial: Whether Trump actually incited the riot. Eric Tucker, Star Tribune, "Trump lawyers: Impeachment based on hatred, not facts," 12 Feb. 2021 Sister Aloysius said at the time the church and community were working to bring people together, to blunt the impact of the pandemic. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Saint James Parish food pantry receives food donations from Highland Park Jewel-Osco workers, customers in time for Christmas," 29 Dec. 2020 The effort will face an early and critical test as the administration seeks to blunt the calamitous impact the pandemic is having on minority communities. Noam N. Levey Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Biden team plans ambitious push to address racial disparities in healthcare," 23 Dec. 2020 But that cinematic referencing does nothing to blunt the material’s desperate, melancholy pull. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "The 25 Best Movies About Gambling," 5 Feb. 2021 Kennedy said the modifications likely helped blunt side effects from that innate response to avoid immune system overreactions as well. Amanda Morris, The Arizona Republic, "COVID-19 vaccine ingredients can trigger allergic reactions, but officials say it's rare," 23 Jan. 2021 To qualify, immigrants must have been in the United States as of Jan. 1, a move meant to blunt any rush to the border. BostonGlobe.com, "Biden to propose major immigration legislation this week," 18 Jan. 2021 But the government’s debt increased rapidly during the year as Congress and the White House stepped in to blunt the effects of the pandemic, so an era of bigger spending does seem to be upon us. New York Times, "What Giant Skeletons and Puppy Shortages Told Us About the 2020 Economy," 31 Dec. 2020 Companies can take steps to quell tensions and avoid interpersonal awkwardness, to blunt the development of employee camps, so to speak. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Can companies help working parents without alienating everyone else?," 29 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 To keep Huawei’s edge blunt, suppliers keen to produce chips designed by its in-house semiconductor unit, HiSilicon, are unlikely to be issued such dispensation. The Economist, "Creative destruction How America’s war on Huawei may boost Chinese technology," 12 Sep. 2020 Claborn was airlifted to Piedmont Regional Midtown Hospital in Columbus suffering from multiple blunt for injuries. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Auburn University student hit by train, killed in Lee County," 19 Aug. 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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