Origin of obtuse
Synonyms for obtuse
Related Words for obtusedense, dopey, dull, dumb, insensitive, opaque, stolid, thick, unintelligent, uncomprehending, imperceptive, round, rounded
Examples from the Web for obtuse
Contemporary Examples of obtuse
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July 25, 2014
He is diminutive to meet, a coy and obtuse public speaker and a derivative thinker.The GOP's Wimpy Whip
September 13, 2010
Historical Examples of obtuse
I know the people of this City: they are ignorant, obtuse, fanatical, 313 blind.The Book of Khalid
Nothing but the most obtuse vanity could ever have induced Bozzy to publish all this.James Boswell
William Keith Leask
The characters are taken very lightly, but at least they are not obtuse and awkward.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
The first glume is shorter than the second, ovate, obtuse, 7- to 9-nerved.
The fourth glume is as long as the third, ovate, obtuse, paleate.
- (of an angle) lying between 90° and 180°
- (of a triangle) having one interior angle greater than 90°
Word Origin for obtuse
early 15c., "dull, blunted," from Middle French obtus (fem. obtuse), from Latin obtusus "blunted, dull," also used figuratively, past participle of obtundere "to beat against, make dull," from ob "against" (see ob-) + tundere "to beat," from PIE *(s)tud-e- "to beat, strike, push, thrust," from root *(s)teu- "to push, stick, knock, beat" (cf. Latin tudes "hammer," Sanskrit tudati "he thrusts"). Sense of "stupid" is first found c.1500. Related: Obtusely; obtuseness.