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Dictionary Definition

blunt adj
1 having a broad or rounded end; "thick marks made by a blunt pencil"
2 used of a knife or other blade; not sharp; "a blunt instrument"
3 characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation" [syn: candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder]
4 devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment; "the blunt truth"; "the crude facts"; "facing the stark reality of the deadline" [syn: crude(a), stark(a)]


1 make less intense; "blunted emotions"
2 make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses" [syn: numb, benumb, dull]
3 make dull or blunt; "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge" [syn: dull] [ant: sharpen]
4 make less sharp; "blunt the knives"
5 make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; "Terror blunted her feelings"; "deaden a sound" [syn: deaden] [ant: enliven]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Blunt



Possibly from blundra.


  • (Canada) /blɐnt/
  • (UK) /blʌnt/
    Rhymes with: -ʌnt


  1. Having a thick edge or point, as an instrument; not sharp.
  2. Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; opposed to acute.
  3. Abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious; wanting the forms of civility; rough in manners or speech.
  4. Hard to impress or penetrate.
  5. Slow or deficient in feeling: insensitive


Having a thick edge or point, as an instrument
Dull in understanding; slow of discernment
Abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious
Hard to impress or penetrate


  1. A fencer's foil.
  2. A short needle with a strong point.
  3. In the context of "smoking": A marijuana cigar.
    • 2005: to make his point, lead rapper B-Real fired up a blunt in front of the cameras and several hundred thousand people and announced, “I'm taking a hit for every one of y'all!” — Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 461)


cigar filled with marijuana
  • German: Blunt


  1. To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to make blunt.
  2. To repress or weaken, as any appetite, desire, or power of the mind; to impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility, of; as, to blunt the feelings.


To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker
To repress or weaken

See also

Extensive Definition

Blunt can refer to several things:


Blunt (or Blount) is a common surname of English derivation, meaning "blonde, fair" (Old French blund), or "dull" (Middle English blunt, blont)

Fictional characters

  • Alan Blunt, a fictional character from the Alex Rider novel series by Anthony Horowitz
  • Arno Blunt, a fictional character in the book Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer


In the United States:


See also

blunt in German: Blunt (Begriffsklärung)
blunt in French: Blunt

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