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blunt

[bluhnt]
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adjective, blunt·er, blunt·est.
  1. having an obtuse, thick, or dull edge or point; rounded; not sharp: a blunt pencil.
  2. abrupt in address or manner: a blunt, ill-timed question.
  3. slow in perception or understanding; obtuse: His isolation has made him blunt about the feelings of others.
verb (used with object), blunt·ed, blunt·ing.
  1. to make blunt or dull: He blunted the knife by using it to cut linoleum.
  2. to weaken or impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility of: Wine first excites, then blunts the imagination.
verb (used without object), blunt·ed, blunt·ing.
  1. to become blunt or dull.
noun
  1. something blunt, as a small-game arrow, a short sewing needle, or a short, thick cigar.
  2. Slang. a cigar stuffed with marijuana.

Origin of blunt

1150–1200; Middle English; perhaps akin to blind
Related formsblunt·ly, adverbblunt·ness, nounun·blunt·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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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.
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Examples from the Web for blunting

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  • It results in a weakening of the will and a blunting of moral discernment.

    Society

    Henry Kalloch Rowe

  • The young, have an edge which they are desirous of blunting; the old contrariwise.

  • Did Mr. Blunting know if her papa had changed his intentions?

    Wenderholme

    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

  • Is this not vitiating our feelings, blunting our desire for the better, our repugnance for the worse?

    Euphorion

    Vernon Lee

  • But he must have suffered some terrible blight to his spirit—some blunting of his soul.


British Dictionary definitions for blunting

blunt

adjective
  1. (esp of a knife or blade) lacking sharpness or keenness; dull
  2. not having a sharp edge or pointa blunt instrument
  3. (of people, manner of speaking, etc) lacking refinement or subtlety; straightforward and uncomplicated
  4. outspoken; direct and to the pointa blunt Yorkshireman
verb (tr)
  1. to make less sharp
  2. to diminish the sensitivity or perception of; make dull
noun
  1. slang a cannabis cigarette
Derived Formsbluntly, adverbbluntness, noun

Word Origin

C12: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse blundr dozing, blunda to close one's eyes; see blunder, blind

Blunt

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

blunt

adj.

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.

blunt

v.

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

blunt

n.

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. [http://nepenthes.lycaeum.org/Drugs/THC/Smoke/blunts.html]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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