blurt

[blurt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to utter suddenly or inadvertently; divulge impulsively or unadvisedly (usually followed by out): He blurted out the hiding place of the spy.
noun
  1. an abrupt utterance.

Origin of blurt

First recorded in 1565–75; apparently imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for blurt out

blurt

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

Word Origin for blurt

C16: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for blurt out

blurt

v.

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

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Idioms and Phrases with blurt out

blurt out

Say abruptly or inadvertently, utter without thinking. For example, Unfortunately he blurted out how much he hated formal dinners just as his hostess walked in. [Late 1500s]

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