- not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull.
- not sharp, acute, or pointed; blunt in form.
- (of a leaf, petal, etc.) rounded at the extremity.
- indistinctly felt or perceived, as pain or sound.
Origin of obtuse
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Examples from the Web for obtuse
Or at least not obtuse about The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.How to Get Laid in Brooklyn a la Adelle Waldman’s Nifty Novel of Manners
July 25, 2014
He is diminutive to meet, a coy and obtuse public speaker and a derivative thinker.The GOP's Wimpy Whip
September 13, 2010
I know the people of this City: they are ignorant, obtuse, fanatical, 313 blind.The Book of Khalid
Nothing but the most obtuse vanity could ever have induced Bozzy to publish all this.James Boswell
William Keith Leask
The characters are taken very lightly, but at least they are not obtuse and awkward.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
The fourth glume is as long as the third, ovate, obtuse, paleate.
The first glume is shorter than the second, ovate, obtuse, 7- to 9-nerved.
- mentally slow or emotionally insensitive
- (of an angle) lying between 90° and 180°
- (of a triangle) having one interior angle greater than 90°
- not sharp or pointed
- indistinctly felt, heard, etc; dullobtuse pain
- (of a leaf or similar flat part) having a rounded or blunt tip
Word Origin and History for obtuse
early 15c., "dull, blunted," from Middle French obtus (fem. obtuse), from Latin obtusus "blunted, dull," also used figuratively, past participle of obtundere "to beat against, make dull," from ob "against" (see ob-) + tundere "to beat," from PIE *(s)tud-e- "to beat, strike, push, thrust," from root *(s)teu- "to push, stick, knock, beat" (cf. Latin tudes "hammer," Sanskrit tudati "he thrusts"). Sense of "stupid" is first found c.1500. Related: Obtusely; obtuseness.
- Lacking quickness of perception or intellect.
- Not sharp or acute; blunt.