[ blangk ]
/ blæŋk /

adjective, blank·er, blank·est.


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. bland-allison act,
  2. blandish,
  3. blandishment,
  4. blandishments,
  5. blandly,
  6. blank cartridge,
  7. blank check,
  8. blank cheque,
  9. blank endorsement,
  10. blank shell


    draw a blank,
    1. to fail in an attempt; be unsuccessful: We've drawn a blank in the investigation.
    2. to fail to comprehend or be unable to recollect: He asked me their phone number and I drew a blank.

Origin of blank

1300–50; Middle English (noun and adj.) < Anglo-French, French blanc (adj.) < Germanic; compare Old English blanca white horse, Old High German blanch bright, white

1–4. See empty. 8. dumfounded, confused, astounded. 9. pure, simple, unadulterated; perfect, absolute, unqualified. 11. void, vacancy, emptiness; gap, lacuna, hiatus.

Related formsblank·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blank


/ (blæŋk) /



verb (tr)

Derived Formsblankly, adverbblankness, noun

Word Origin for blank

C15: from Old French blanc white, of Germanic origin; related to Old English blanca a white horse

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Word Origin and History for blank
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Idioms and Phrases with blank


In addition to the idiom beginning with blank

  • blank check

also see:

  • draw a blank
  • fill in (the blanks)
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