Origin of blunt

1150–1200; Middle English; perhaps akin to blind

OTHER WORDS FROM blunt

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

synonym study for blunt

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for blunt (1 of 2)

blunt
/ (blʌnt) /

adjective

verb (tr)

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

noun

slang a cannabis cigarette

Derived forms of blunt

bluntly, 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

British Dictionary definitions for blunt (2 of 2)

Blunt
/ (blʌnt) /

noun

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