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

Chronic depression is blunt force trauma to the head, locking you into a pattern of negative thought and throwing away the key. Alice Levitt, Vox, "I tried ketamine to treat my depression. Within a day, I felt relief.," 24 July 2018 The president’s blunt message and scathing remarks have been met with a mix of hand-wringing and outrage at home and abroad. Brian Finlay, Fortune, "Trump Might Be Right About NATO—but for All the Wrong Reasons," 6 July 2018 There Is No Escape to America The ruling sends a blunt message of rejection to visa seekers from some of the most destitute and dysfunctional countries. New York Times, "Trump Travel Ban: How It Affects the Countries," 26 June 2018 The effort is downright Trumpian – a billionaire with strong views, a blunt message, and a taste for big rallies and engaging with voters. Linda Feldmann, The Christian Science Monitor, "A campaign for impeachment that’s downright Trumpian," 13 June 2018 An engineer by trade, Mr. Papa speaks in kindly tones but often delivers a blunt message. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Shale Trailblazer Turns Skeptic on Soaring U.S. Oil Production," 5 Mar. 2018 Desire leads to results: UW’s coaches during the final media timeout delivered a blunt message to the players. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW has learned to rely upon its defense and the results have been positive," 1 Mar. 2018 Another, blunter way of putting this: The only lesson violence ever teaches is a fundamentally authoritarian lesson. David Roberts, Vox, "Please don’t spank your kids," 3 July 2018 The sixth victim, Mariah Coogan, was not burned but died of blunt force injuries, officials said. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Scottsdale plane crash: Student pilot had cocaine in his system, report finds," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The PortSmash paper, titled Port Contention for Fun and Profit, continues to recommend fully disabling SMT, not only to blunt the threat of PortSmash, but also those of TLBleed and two similar attacks known as CacheBleed and MemJam. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Intel CPUs fall to new hyperthreading exploit that pilfers crypto keys," 2 Nov. 2018 No Democrats in Congress voted for the tax law, and Democratic politicians have been trying to blunt its effect. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Treasury Moves to Block New Yorkers’ Path Around Cap on State Tax Deductions," 23 Aug. 2018 Getting older has really blunted the self-consciousness of my youth, in a good way. Abby Langer, SELF, "12 Actually Really Good Things That Have Come With Getting Older," 13 Aug. 2018 Many business groups are concerned that Mr. Trump’s trade policies could blunt the effects of the tax cuts, raising costs on companies and consumers alike. New York Times, "Central Bankers Will Debate Policy, and OPEC Meets on Output," 17 June 2018 But the proposed 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports would impose a multi-billion-dollar tax on our nation’s economy, blunt the positive effects of tax reform, and perversely punish hardworking Americans for Chinese misbehavior. Matthew Shay, Fortune, "How Trump Can Get Our China Trade Policy Back on Track," 14 May 2018 To top it off, the U.S. oil industry, another important Trump constituency, would stand to benefit from higher prices, blunting the political fallout. Nick Cunningham, USA TODAY, "Oil prices analysis: How high could Trump actions, Saudi efforts push cost per barrel?," 20 Apr. 2018 Twenty years have not blunted my instincts or reflexes. Christine M. Flowers, Philly.com, "Kate Spade's tragic suicide should be a reminder to listen to those you love | Christine Flowers," 7 June 2018 The instruments have blunt outer edges so they can be slipped around a piece of bed sheet, for example, without cutting skin. Chad Sokol, The Seattle Times, "Spokane County Jail removing bedsheets, hiring suicide-prevention expert after 3 inmates hang themselves in a year," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The actress splashed onto the scene in the early 80’s, cutting her piercing white teeth on General Hospital and sporting a set of blunt, choppy bangs that quickly morphed into a messy bouffant to match her eclectic style. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "At 56, Demi Moore Has Never Looked Better," 11 Nov. 2018 Sometimes resolving a workplace annoyance means a blunt, and embarrassing, conversation with someone who means no harm. Rob Walker, The Seattle Times, "When a co-worker is driving you crazy," 6 Aug. 2018 The tone in these encounters was very direct, almost blunt, and without color. Steven Shundich, Cincinnati.com, "World Cup 2018: Dispatches from TML Mobster/Guest Hemingway in Russia, Episode 2," 4 July 2018 The real Meghan Markle: Harry's love is 'incredibly blunt' says friend Janina Gavankar Harry's introduction What's the easiest way to inform viewers of Harry's playboy, partying past? Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "10 ridiculously great moments from Lifetime's 'Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance' TV movie," 14 May 2018 Nashville police officers saw Antonio Freeman roll what appeared to be marijuana in a blunt, FOX17 Nashville reported, citing an arrest affidavit. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Man arrested after sprinkling cocaine on officer's head, police say," 27 June 2018 The singer is seen smoking (what looks like a blunt), as Jameel gestures defensively. Leah Rodriguez, The Cut, "Rihanna Responds to Memes of Her Arguing With Boyfriend With a Meme of Her Own," 12 July 2018 All of the bodies showed signs of blunt-force trauma, authorities said. Angel Jennings, latimes.com, "Woman arrested in connection with triple homicide in Leimert Park," 24 May 2018 The officer reportedly found several small blunts filled with synthetic marijuana, a marijuana grinder and a pipe during a vehicle search. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood police: 6-year-old hit-and-run victim making progress," 9 Apr. 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 \
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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