[ bruhnt ]
/ brʌnt /


the main force or impact, as of an attack or blow: His arm took the brunt of the blow.

Nearby words

  1. bruno,
  2. bruno, giordano,
  3. bruno, saint,
  4. brunswick,
  5. brunswick stew,
  6. brusa,
  7. bruschetta,
  8. brush,
  9. brush aside,
  10. brush biopsy

Origin of brunt

1275–1325; Middle English; perhaps orig. sexual assault; akin to Old Norse brundr, German Brunft heat, ruttish state, Old English brunetha heat, itching; cognate with Old High German bronado. See burn1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brunt


/ (brʌnt) /


the main force or shock of a blow, attack, etc (esp in the phrase bear the brunt of)

Word Origin for brunt

C14: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for brunt



early 14c., "a sharp blow," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Norse brundr "sexual heat," or bruna "to advance like wildfire." Meaning "chief force" is first attested 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with brunt


see bear the brunt.

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