verb (used with object)

to utter suddenly or inadvertently; divulge impulsively or unadvisedly (usually followed by out): He blurted out the hiding place of the spy.


an abrupt utterance.

Origin of blurt

First recorded in 1565–75; apparently imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for blurt

exclaim, disclose, reveal, babble, leak, spout, divulge, betray, blab, jabber

Examples from the Web for blurt

Historical Examples of blurt

  • He hemmed and hawed, and finally had to blurt out that he didn't own the place.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • To blurt out your secret in some drunken moment, and be hanged at last!

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • Tode's egotism would have compelled him to blurt out that fact.

  • It seemed altogether too fine for my family, but I could only blurt weakly, "Yessir."

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • It was on the tip of his tongue to blurt out: “And lose your shot at the estate?”


    Holworthy Hall

British Dictionary definitions for blurt



(tr often foll by out) to utter suddenly and involuntarily

Word Origin for blurt

C16: probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for blurt

1570s, probably echoic. Related: blurted; blurting. As a noun, 1570s, probably from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper