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[blurt] /blɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to utter suddenly or inadvertently; divulge impulsively or unadvisedly (usually followed by out):
He blurted out the hiding place of the spy.
an abrupt utterance.
Origin of blurt
First recorded in 1565-75; apparently imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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
  • I wanted you to lose your temper—it was conceivable that you might blurt out something.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • I managed to blurt out, trying to second her efforts against our tormentor.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • Nurse Yorke must not blurt out the tidings in her common way!

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • How indiscreet I am; I blurt out every thing that is in my heart.

  • Mallston was then emboldened to blurt out, "We've named him."

British Dictionary definitions for blurt


(transitive) often foll by out. to utter suddenly and involuntarily
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blurt

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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