- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for bluntly
His vibe was icy as he bluntly remarked, “What are you doing here?”When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
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Bluntly stated, Burns failed to tell us what that generation fought for.Ken Burns’s ‘Roosevelts’ Fine But Flawed
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“It crossed my mind, when I bring someone to a meeting I destroy his life,” his handler, Ben Yitzhak, says bluntly in the film.When the Son of Hamas Spied for Israel
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Or, as she says bluntly, “You must start the marriage immediately.”How Gay Marriage Was Won: Prop 8’s Destruction Captured In HBO Movie
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As the current state party chair Jim Brulte said bluntly, Republicans “have to leave their comfort zone.”The GOP’s Long, Hard Road in California
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But what was it that Evelyn had required of Mary and that Mary had bluntly refused to do?Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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"He wants to talk with you about a mortgage," I said bluntly.The Bacillus of Beauty
"You won it over Diablo in the Brooklyn Handicap," he answered, bluntly.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
And she saw him again, too, as he had been the night he had so bluntly told her of his passion for Rose.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
"When you get ready to go home, you can come to the store," he said bluntly.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- (esp of a knife or blade) lacking sharpness or keenness; dull
- not having a sharp edge or pointa blunt instrument
- (of people, manner of speaking, etc) lacking refinement or subtlety; straightforward and uncomplicated
- outspoken; direct and to the pointa blunt Yorkshireman
- to make less sharp
- to diminish the sensitivity or perception of; make dull
- slang a cannabis cigarette
- Anthony . 1907–83, British art historian and Soviet spy
- Wilfred Scawen . 1840–1922, British poet, traveller, and anti-imperialist
Word Origin and History for bluntly
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. [http://nepenthes.lycaeum.org/Drugs/THC/Smoke/blunts.html]