Nearby words

  1. blunderhead,
  2. blundering,
  3. blunge,
  4. blunger,
  5. blunkett,
  6. blunt duct adenosis,
  7. blunthead,
  8. bluntly,
  9. bluntness,
  10. blur

Origin of blunt

1150–1200; Middle English; perhaps akin to blind

Related formsblunt·ly, adverbblunt·ness, nounun·blunt·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See dull. 2. Blunt, bluff, brusque, curt characterize manners and speech. Blunt suggests lack of polish and of regard for the feelings of others: blunt and tactless. Bluff implies an unintentional roughness together with so much good-natured heartiness that others rarely take offense: a bluff sea captain. Brusque connotes sharpness and abruptness of speech or manner: a brusque denial. Curt applies especially to disconcertingly concise language: a curt reply. 3. See dull. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blunt

British Dictionary definitions for blunt



(esp of a knife or blade) lacking sharpness or keenness; dull
not having a sharp edge or pointa blunt instrument
(of people, manner of speaking, etc) lacking refinement or subtlety; straightforward and uncomplicated
outspoken; direct and to the pointa blunt Yorkshireman

verb (tr)

to make less sharp
to diminish the sensitivity or perception of; make dull


slang a cannabis cigarette
Derived Formsbluntly, adverbbluntness, noun

Word Origin for blunt

C12: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse blundr dozing, blunda to close one's eyes; see blunder, blind



Anthony . 1907–83, British art historian and Soviet spy
Wilfred Scawen . 1840–1922, British poet, traveller, and anti-imperialist
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Word Origin and History for blunt
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