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[bluhnt] /blʌnt/
adjective, blunter, bluntest.
having an obtuse, thick, or dull edge or point; rounded; not sharp:
a blunt pencil.
abrupt in address or manner:
a blunt, ill-timed question.
slow in perception or understanding; obtuse:
His isolation has made him blunt about the feelings of others.
verb (used with object), blunted, blunting.
to make blunt or dull:
He blunted the knife by using it to cut linoleum.
to weaken or impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility of:
Wine first excites, then blunts the imagination.
verb (used without object), blunted, blunting.
to become blunt or dull.
something blunt, as a small-game arrow, a short sewing needle, or a short, thick cigar.
Slang. a cigar stuffed with marijuana.
Origin of blunt
1150-1200; Middle English; perhaps akin to blind
Related forms
bluntly, adverb
bluntness, noun
unblunted, adjective
2. short, gruff, rough, rude, uncivil, impolite. 3. dimwitted, thick, stolid. 4. dull, hebetate.
Synonym Study
1. See dull. 2.Blunt, bluff, brusque, curt characterize manners and speech. Blunt suggests lack of polish and of regard for the feelings of others: blunt and tactless. Bluff implies an unintentional roughness together with so much good-natured heartiness that others rarely take offense: a bluff sea captain. Brusque connotes sharpness and abruptness of speech or manner: a brusque denial. Curt applies especially to disconcertingly concise language: a curt reply. 3. See dull. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for blunter
Historical Examples
  • A sharper or blunter turn would have ripped the vessel from bow to stern.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • The shorter and blunter the spur, and the smoother the leg, the younger is the bird.

    Dog Breaking William Nelson Hutchinson
  • The voice that broke in was harsher and blunter than Baudichon's.

    The Long Night Stanley Weyman
  • A blunter Williams used to take me by the button on the street.


    Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • "And so better," said Mr. Carter, with a sarcasm of a blunter sort.

    Castle Richmond

    Anthony Trollope
  • His head was rounder and blunter than the rat's, his feet were larger and softer, and his limbs and his tail were shorter.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • To the blunter and less refined sensibilities of the male there seems something a little indelicate in this impartial eagerness.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • Every week since her departure he had written her, even though the letters grew shorter and blunter as his duties increased.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • Distracted by lateral perceptions from the point ahead, they blunder where blunter minds would go forward undismayed.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
  • His features were blunter, more humorous, and his face was already lined, while his hands looked work-worn.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
British Dictionary definitions for blunter


(esp of a knife or blade) lacking sharpness or keenness; dull
not having a sharp edge or point: a blunt instrument
(of people, manner of speaking, etc) lacking refinement or subtlety; straightforward and uncomplicated
outspoken; direct and to the point: a blunt Yorkshireman
verb (transitive)
to make less sharp
to diminish the sensitivity or perception of; make dull
(slang) a cannabis cigarette
Derived Forms
bluntly, adverb
bluntness, noun
Word Origin
C12: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse blundr dozing, blunda to close one's eyes; see blunder, blind


Anthony. 1907–83, British art historian and Soviet spy
Wilfred Scawen. 1840–1922, British poet, traveller, and anti-imperialist
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Word Origin and History for blunter



c.1200, "dull, obtuse," perhaps from or related to Old Norse blundra (see blunder (v.)). Of tools or weapons, late 14c. Meaning "abrupt of speech or manner" is from 1580s.



late 14c., from blunt (adj.). Related: Blunted; blunting.



street slang for "marijuana and tobacco cigar" (easier to pass around, easier to disguise, and the stimulant in the tobacco enhances the high from the pot) surfaced c.1993, but is said to have originated among Jamaicans in New York City in the early 1980s; from Phillies Blunt brand cigars; see blunt (adj.), which has been used of certain cigars since 19c.

Users say that the Phillies Blunt brand produces less harsh-tasting or sweeter smoke. The leaf wrapper of a Phillies Blunt is strong enough to hold together through the manipulations of making a blunt. Other brands fall apart. []

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for blunter



A cigar hollowed out and filled with marijuana

[1980s+ Narcotics; fr the Phillies Blunt2 cigars eponymously used]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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