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blurt

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verb (used with object)
  1. to utter suddenly or inadvertently; divulge impulsively or unadvisedly (usually followed by out): He blurted out the hiding place of the spy.
noun
  1. an abrupt utterance.

Origin of blurt

First recorded in 1565–75; apparently imitative
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Examples from the Web for blurt

Historical Examples

  • He hemmed and hawed, and finally had to blurt out that he didn't own the place.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • To blurt out your secret in some drunken moment, and be hanged at last!

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • Tode's egotism would have compelled him to blurt out that fact.

  • It seemed altogether too fine for my family, but I could only blurt weakly, "Yessir."

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • It was on the tip of his tongue to blurt out: “And lose your shot at the estate?”

    Rope

    Holworthy Hall


British Dictionary definitions for blurt

blurt

verb
  1. (tr often foll by out) to utter suddenly and involuntarily

Word Origin

C16: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for blurt

v.

1570s, probably echoic. Related: blurted; blurting. As a noun, 1570s, probably from the verb.

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