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matter-of-fact, curt, rude, trenchant, outspoken, explicit, brusque, candid, forthright, rounded, dull, round, frank, short, brief, bluff, insensitive, obtuse, pointless, edgeless

Nearby words

blunderhead, blundering, blunge, blunger, blunkett, blunt, blunt duct adenosis, blunthead, bluntly, bluntness, blur

Origin of blunt

1150–1200; Middle English; perhaps akin to blind
SYNONYMS FOR blunt
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for blunter (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 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

British Dictionary definitions for blunter (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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