[ uhb-toos, -tyoos ]
/ əbˈtus, -ˈtyus /
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not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull.
not sharp, acute, or pointed; blunt in form.
(of a leaf, petal, etc.) rounded at the extremity.
indistinctly felt or perceived, as pain or sound.
OTHER WORDS FOR obtuse
1 unfeeling, tactless, insensitive; blind, imperceptive, unobservant; gauche, boorish; slow, dim.
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Origin of obtuse
First recorded in 1500–10; from Latin obtūsus “dulled,” past participle of obtundere, equivalent to ob- ob- + tūd-, variant stem of tundere “to beat” + -tus past participle suffix, with dt >s
OTHER WORDS FROM obtuseob·tuse·ly, adverbob·tuse·ness, nounsub·ob·tuse, adjectivesub·ob·tuse·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH obtuseabstruse, obtuse
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How to use obtuse in a sentence
Japanese geishas and Arab sheiks are also obtusely name-checked.GM Is Racist, Pepsi Is Sexist & More in the Week in Offensive Ads (Video)|Kevin Fallon|May 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But that's just being wrong about something, maybe even obtusely so, but it isn't lying.Truce! And More on Race|Michael Tomasky|August 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The city marshal obtusely didn't look inside the door for visual evidences of any trouble within; he would listen to no reason.Back Home|Irvin S. Cobb
When do women want the bulky, solid reasons obtusely demanded by men before they can be enemies?The Woman With The Fan|Robert Hichens
Branches obtusely 4-sided, hairy; flowers pale lilac, in interrupted panicles, agreeably sweet-scented in late summer.Trees of the Northern United States|Austin C. Apgar
The neck and legs are short; the ears are likewise short, obtusely pointed, and lie close to the head.Oregon and Eldorado|Thomas Bulfinch
Achene obtusely triangular, partly 3-celled, enclosed in the indurated calyx.
British Dictionary definitions for obtuse
/ (əbˈtjuːs) /
mentally slow or emotionally insensitive
- (of an angle) lying between 90° and 180°
- (of a triangle) having one interior angle greater than 90°
not sharp or pointed
indistinctly felt, heard, etc; dullobtuse pain
(of a leaf or similar flat part) having a rounded or blunt tip
Derived forms of obtuseobtusely, adverbobtuseness, noun
Word Origin for obtuse
C16: from Latin obtūsus dulled, past participle of obtundere to beat down; see obtund
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