\ ˈblənt How to pronounce blunt (audio) \

Essential Meaning of blunt

1 : having a thick edge or point : not sharp scissors with blunt [=rounded] ends He was hit over the head with a blunt instrument. [=an object without sharp edges or points]
2 : saying or expressing something in a very direct way that may upset some people blunt language a blunt statement See More ExamplesTo be perfectly blunt, I find her annoying. He was blunt about needing more privacy.Hide

Full 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


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)



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


bluntly adverb
bluntness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blunt

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Joe is so proud of his wife for managing to hear upsetting information from a near stranger and respond with blunt-force trauma that only renders this man temporarily unconscious and not 100 percent dead. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 15 Oct. 2021 The driver suffered blunt-force trauma and died at the scene, Medrano said. Fox News, 10 Oct. 2021 An autopsy identified multiple blunt force injuries to her body. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 24 Sep. 2021 Separately, the boy also suffered blunt-force trauma to his abdomen, causing a tear in his small intestine that was not treated. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2021 The four victims died from injuries to their brains and skulls from blunt-force trauma, prosecutors said. NBC News, 2 Sep. 2021 Traditionally therapies for lupus and other autoimmune diseases have relied on decades-old blunt-force strategies that essentially bludgeon a badly behaving immune system into submission. Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2021 Kuo suffered catastrophic blunt force injuries, including multiple severe injuries to her internal organs, according to the claim. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Aug. 2021 The Ravens viewed Queen and Harrison as a complementary blend of smooth acceleration and blunt force coming out of the 2020 draft. Childs Walker,, 15 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some experts say taking a Tylenol or Advil before getting vaccinated could blunt the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. USA Today, 11 Mar. 2021 Several ideas that were once on the fringes are surging up the Democratic agenda as fundamental changes that could blunt Republican power in the long run. Joe Garofoli,, 23 Sep. 2020 Other laws trying to blunt the effect of federal gun restrictions haven't fared well in court, including a 2009 Montana measure that made guns and ammunition manufactured in the state exempt from federal law and a similar 2013 measure in Kansas. Lindsay Whitehurst And Andrew Selsky, Star Tribune, 16 May 2021 Karl Rove, the senior strategist for Mr. Bush, said that Mr. Trump could seek to blunt Mr. Biden’s attacks on the White House’s management of the pandemic by pointing to Mr. Biden’s own response during the winter. Adam Nagourney, New York Times, 22 Oct. 2020 As farmers run out of cash to combat coffee-leaf rust—and climate change diminishes the likelihood of relocating plants to safer ground—scientists are trying to blunt the power of the disease. Maryn Mckenna, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2020 Stoic by nature, Thompson was equal parts blunt and compassionate as a coach. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Sep. 2021 Some people never stopped watching the show’s first season, replaying it repeatedly in hopes that the title character’s relentless optimism would blunt the never-ending parade of bad news looping through this last year and a half. Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2021 The Congressional Black Caucus PAC, more allied with Biden, has come in during the endgame to try and blunt what had looked like a very winnable race for Turner. cleveland, 24 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the video, Gomez surprised her followers by debuting a sleek blunt bob after rocking long loose waves for the past few months. Hanna Flanagan,, 19 Oct. 2021 The deeper reason is that advocates of equity do two things that offend ordinary sensibilities--one of them sly, the other blunt. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 30 June 2021 The deeper reason is that advocates of equity do two things that offend ordinary sensibilities — one of them sly, the other blunt. Bret Stephens New York Times, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 In an interview last year on rapper Talib Kweli's People's Party show, DMX said his drug abuse started at age 14 when his then-mentor gave him a blunt laced with crack. NBC News, 3 Apr. 2021 When asked about the odor, the driver showed him a blunt. John Benson, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2021 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,, 29 Dec. 2020 Dualism this blunt is a fallacy, and widely derided now as such. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 27 Dec. 2020 When asked about the odor, the man handed over a blunt. John Benson, cleveland, 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of blunt


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1988, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blunt


Middle English blont, of uncertain origin


Middle English blonten, verbal derivative of blont blunt entry 1


from blunt "a short, thick cigar," noun derivative of blunt entry 1

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\ 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


blunted; blunting

Kids Definition of blunt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become less sharp

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