[ point-blangk ]
/ ˈpɔɪntˈblæŋk /


aimed or fired straight at the mark especially from close range; direct.
straightforward, plain, or explicit: a point-blank denial.


with a direct aim; directly; straight.
bluntly; frankly: She told him point-blank that he was not welcome.

Nearby words

  1. point tiré,
  2. point up,
  3. point-and-click,
  4. point-and-shoot,
  5. point-bearing pile,
  6. point-device,
  7. point-of-purchase,
  8. point-of-sale,
  9. point-of-sale terminal,
  10. point-set

Origin of point-blank

First recorded in 1565–75

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British Dictionary definitions for point-blank



  1. aimed or fired at a target so close that it is unnecessary to make allowance for the drop in the course of the projectile
  2. permitting such aim or fire without loss of accuracyat point-blank range
plain or blunta point-blank question


directly or straight
plainly or bluntly

Word Origin for point-blank

C16: from point + blank (in the sense: centre spot of an archery target)

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Word Origin and History for point-blank



1570s, from point (v.) + blank (n.), the white center of a target. The notion is of standing close enough to aim (point) at the blank without allowance for curve, windage, or gravity. From 1590s as an adjective.

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