- having an obtuse, thick, or dull edge or point; rounded; not sharp: a blunt pencil.
- abrupt in address or manner: a blunt, ill-timed question.
- slow in perception or understanding; obtuse: His isolation has made him blunt about the feelings of others.
- to make blunt or dull: He blunted the knife by using it to cut linoleum.
- to weaken or impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility of: Wine first excites, then blunts the imagination.
- to become blunt or dull.
- something blunt, as a small-game arrow, a short sewing needle, or a short, thick cigar.
- Slang. a cigar stuffed with marijuana.
Origin of blunt
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Examples from the Web for blunted
American criticism, meanwhile, is blunted by the U.S. need to maintain its major military base in Qatar.U.S. Ally Qatar Shelters Jihadi Moneymen
December 10, 2014
The First Amendment must not be blunted because upholding it makes a mess.The Conservative Case for Unions After the Harris v. Quinn Decision
July 2, 2014
His uneasiness, his exasperation, his scorn were blunted at last by all these trying hours.Under Western Eyes
Some of the finest intellects in the world have been blunted by liquor.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
His feelings had become so blunted that he did not care how soon he was shot in the back.Victory
A blunted peak and a low black line, from the glittering waste of snow.Alcyone
They had, in effect, a ready-made craft not unlike a canoe with blunted bows.Storm Over Warlock
- (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
- to make less sharp
- to diminish the sensitivity or perception of; make dull
- slang a cannabis cigarette
- Anthony . 1907–83, British art historian and Soviet spy
- Wilfred Scawen . 1840–1922, British poet, traveller, and anti-imperialist
Word Origin and History for blunted
c.1200, "dull, obtuse," perhaps from or related to Old Norse blundra (see blunder (v.)). Of tools or weapons, late 14c. Meaning "abrupt of speech or manner" is from 1580s.
late 14c., from blunt (adj.). Related: Blunted; blunting.
street slang for "marijuana and tobacco cigar" (easier to pass around, easier to disguise, and the stimulant in the tobacco enhances the high from the pot) surfaced c.1993, but is said to have originated among Jamaicans in New York City in the early 1980s; from Phillies Blunt brand cigars; see blunt (adj.), which has been used of certain cigars since 19c.
Users say that the Phillies Blunt brand produces less harsh-tasting or sweeter smoke. The leaf wrapper of a Phillies Blunt is strong enough to hold together through the manipulations of making a blunt. Other brands fall apart. [http://nepenthes.lycaeum.org/Drugs/THC/Smoke/blunts.html]