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- to utter suddenly or inadvertently; divulge impulsively or unadvisedly (usually followed by out): He blurted out the hiding place of the spy.
Origin of blurt
First recorded in 1565–75; apparently imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for blurt out
- (tr often foll by out) to utter suddenly and involuntarily
C16: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for blurt out
1570s, probably echoic. Related: blurted; blurting. As a noun, 1570s, probably from the verb.
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Idioms and Phrases with blurt out
Say abruptly or inadvertently, utter without thinking. For example, Unfortunately he blurted out how much he hated formal dinners just as his hostess walked in. [Late 1500s]
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