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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.
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noun
  1. an abrupt utterance.
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Origin of blurt

First recorded in 1565–75; apparently imitative
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Examples from the Web for blurted

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  • "Great attractions, no doubt—to me invisible," blurted the major.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "Here's a letter from me boss, sor," he blurted out, holding it toward me.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • “A fellow in there is talking about––about Mrs. Maurice,” he blurted.

  • Then, recovering his speech he blurted out that he would not go.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • Primmie sniffed once more, gulped, and then blurted forth the explanation.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for blurted

blurt

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

C16: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for blurted

blurt

v.

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

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