- 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
Synonyms for bluntSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for bluntermatter-of-fact, curt, rude, trenchant, outspoken, explicit, brusque, candid, forthright, rounded, dull, round, frank, short, brief, bluff, insensitive, obtuse, pointless, edgeless
Examples from the Web for blunter
Historical Examples of blunter
A sharper or blunter turn would have ripped the vessel from bow to stern.El Diablo
The shorter and blunter the spur, and the smoother the leg, the younger is the bird.Dog Breaking
William Nelson Hutchinson
The voice that broke in was harsher and blunter than Baudichon's.The Long Night
A blunter Williams used to take me by the button on the street.Lazarre
Mary Hartwell Catherwood
"And so better," said Mr. Carter, with a sarcasm of a blunter sort.Castle Richmond
- (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
Word Origin for blunt
- Anthony . 1907–83, British art historian and Soviet spy
- Wilfred Scawen . 1840–1922, British poet, traveller, and anti-imperialist
Word Origin and History for blunter
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]