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

Synonyms: Adjective

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 But as an instrument of blunt-force thrills and social messaging, Deon Taylor’s rogue-cop drama still manages to land more visceral hits than other recent films that have tried and failed to do the same. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Naomie Harris carries the blunt-force police drama Black and Blue," 25 Oct. 2019 The company’s impeachment ad, which ran last week, wasn’t the blunt-force entreaty of most political ads. Washington Post, "A spice company spent more money on impeachment ads on Facebook than anyone not named Trump," 9 Oct. 2019 Robert William Niznik, 37, died of multiple blunt-force injuries at the scene of the crash, which happened in the 12900 block of Blaine Avenue around 12:05 p.m., the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Monday. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Dump truck driver killed in Rosemount crash; he was working for Lake Elmo company," 30 Sep. 2019 In the face of this blunt-force attack of bad faith, the foreign-policy establishment and the courts surrender. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "President Trump Wages War on Government and Expertise, and Our Institutions Surrender," 13 Sep. 2019 Paramedics found the unconscious woman lying on the floor with blunt-force injuries to her head and severe burns over her body, police said. Fox News, "Delivery man accused of killing Florida woman, 75, by hitting her with mallet, setting her on fire," 21 Aug. 2019 Indeed, Rico possesses a more blunt-force approach than her fellow New York MC, but is equally effective as a stage leader who can whip a crowd into a frenzy, weather be damned. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "My Dad's Time-Traveling Take on Pitchfork Music Festival 2019," 22 July 2019 The death of Frank Meza, the 70-year-old disqualified marathon runner whose body was found in the Los Angeles River last week, was ruled a suicide as a result of blunt force traumatic injuries. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Death of 70-year-old Los Angeles marathoner accused of cheating ruled a suicide," 9 July 2019 And scholars disagreed on whether this was evidence for blunt-force trauma and possibly the man's cause of death (a perimortem injury). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study concludes 33,000-year-old skull shows signs of blunt-force trauma," 6 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Its efforts to influence public perception of the opioid crisis provide an inside look at how corporations blunt criticism of alleged wrongdoing. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Inside Purdue Pharma’s Media Playbook: How It Planted the Opioid “Anti-Story”," 19 Nov. 2019 Yet far from blunting the democracy movement, the intensifying crackdown has prompted protesters to adopt more aggressive tactics. Washington Post, "Day of rage plunges Hong Kong into turmoil after police shoot at protesters," 11 Nov. 2019 The White House signaled President Donald Trump’s blunt thumbs-down to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, the Associated Press reports. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Trump splits from Pelosi to back Senate drug pricing bill; UPS drones make first delivery for CVS," 6 Nov. 2019 Should the Aperol spritz slump into disfavor, its former drinkers may instead return to their old habits of harder spirits-and-mixers, wine, or beer, blunting the momentum of a small but lively corner of the drinks world. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "As Aperol spritz fatigue sets in, the fight to sell the next big drink is already underway," 30 Oct. 2019 In Forrester’s telling, the philosophers in Rawls’s milieu aimed to engage with the radical challenges of the 1960s and 1970s, but tended to formulations that blunted the sharpest criticisms of American life. Jedediah Britton-purdy, The New Republic, "What John Rawls Missed," 29 Oct. 2019 Apartheid education did not do us any favours because it was largely based on blunting the capabilities of the large portion of your population. The Economist, "A transcript of an interview with Cyril Ramaphosa," 18 Oct. 2019 Apple’s latest operating software for Mac computers kills off iTunes, the once-revolutionary program that made online music sales mainstream and effectively blunted the impact of piracy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Goodbye, iTunes: Once-revolutionary app gone in Mac update," 7 Oct. 2019 As currently designed, there isn’t much inherent to the Float Lab’s structure that would blunt a wave. Lindsey J. Smith, Smithsonian, "Designing Floating Buildings With an Eye to the Marine Species Living Underneath," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Whereas Mr Flint was seen as a cerebral introvert, Mr Quinn is forthcoming, verging on blunt. The Economist, "As profits dwindle, HSBC plans a radical overhaul," 2 Nov. 2019 There’s Mira, the shimmering condominium tower near the Embarcadero that swirls upward like a blunt corkscrew. John King, SFChronicle.com, "In Bay Area, Jeanne Gang’s architecture goes beyond head-turning towers," 26 Oct. 2019 Instead, the ever-blunt Jobs asked him to state his business, right then and there, over the phone. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Bob Iger's 'Ride of a Lifetime'," 20 Oct. 2019 The world’s largest food manufacturer, Nestlé, is blunt about its pragmatic commitment to sell healthier foods. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "How fast food uses the illusion of choice to feed Americans junk," 30 Sep. 2019 The orchestra’s music director, Osmo Vanska, directed the sound more toward introspection than exclamation, emphasizing intimacy and beauty where others might seek to seize attention by more blunt means. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Classical review: Minnesota Orchestra captivates with intimacy and beauty in season opener," 19 Sep. 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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“Blunt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blunts. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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