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blunt

[bluhnt] /blʌnt/
adjective, blunter, bluntest.
1.
having an obtuse, thick, or dull edge or point; rounded; not sharp:
a blunt pencil.
2.
abrupt in address or manner:
a blunt, ill-timed question.
3.
slow in perception or understanding; obtuse:
His isolation has made him blunt about the feelings of others.
verb (used with object), blunted, blunting.
4.
to make blunt; hebetate:
He blunted the knife by using it to cut linoleum.
5.
to weaken or impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility of:
Wine first excites, then blunts the imagination.
verb (used without object), blunted, blunting.
6.
to become blunt.
noun
7.
something blunt, as a small-game arrow, a short sewing needle, or a short, thick cigar.
8.
Slang. a cigar stuffed with marijuana.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English; perhaps akin to blind
Related forms
bluntly, adverb
bluntness, noun
unblunted, adjective
Synonyms
1. See dull. 2. short, gruff, rough, rude, uncivil, impolite. Blunt, bluff, brusque, curt characterize manners and speech. Blunt suggests lack of polish and of regard for the feelings of others: blunt and tactless. Bluff implies an unintentional roughness together with so much good-natured heartiness that others rarely take offense: a bluff sea captain. Brusque connotes sharpness and abruptness of speech or manner: a brusque denial. Curt applies especially to disconcertingly concise language: a curt reply. 3. dimwitted, thick, stolid. 4. dull.
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Examples from the web for blunted
  • Don't put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get blunted.
  • And trampling with his hoofs, the blunted weapons broke.
  • Without free trade, the efficiency improvements wrought by microeconomic reform will be blunted.
  • Their opponents argue that long periods of relatively low oil prices blunted the incentives for exploration.
  • Government-induced distortions have also blunted price signals.
  • If inflation is a blunted sword, it can do little harm, but it can also do little good.
  • In the first instance, efficiency gains are lost and incentives to innovate permanently blunted.
  • He forged for them the weapons of nonviolence that withstood and blunted the ferocity of segregation.
  • One way or another, this gentle color blunted the brute angles of these perplexing post-war buildings.
  • The scientists found that staying awake blunted the emotional response to seeing the upsetting images again.
British Dictionary definitions for blunted

blunt

/blʌnt/
adjective
1.
(esp of a knife or blade) lacking sharpness or keenness; dull
2.
not having a sharp edge or point: a blunt instrument
3.
(of people, manner of speaking, etc) lacking refinement or subtlety; straightforward and uncomplicated
4.
outspoken; direct and to the point: a blunt Yorkshireman
verb (transitive)
5.
to make less sharp
6.
to diminish the sensitivity or perception of; make dull
noun
7.
(slang) a cannabis cigarette
Derived Forms
bluntly, adverb
bluntness, noun
Word Origin
C12: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse blundr dozing, blunda to close one's eyes; see blunder, blind

Blunt

/blʌnt/
noun
1.
Anthony. 1907–83, British art historian and Soviet spy
2.
Wilfred Scawen. 1840–1922, British poet, traveller, and anti-imperialist
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Word Origin and History for blunted

blunt

adj.

c.1200, "dull, obtuse," perhaps from or related to Old Norse blundra (see blunder (v.)). Of tools or weapons, late 14c. Meaning "abrupt of speech or manner" is from 1580s.

v.

late 14c., from blunt (adj.). Related: Blunted; blunting.

n.

street slang for "marijuana and tobacco cigar" (easier to pass around, easier to disguise, and the stimulant in the tobacco enhances the high from the pot) surfaced c.1993, but is said to have originated among Jamaicans in New York City in the early 1980s; from Phillies Blunt brand cigars; see blunt (adj.), which has been used of certain cigars since 19c.

Users say that the Phillies Blunt brand produces less harsh-tasting or sweeter smoke. The leaf wrapper of a Phillies Blunt is strong enough to hold together through the manipulations of making a blunt. Other brands fall apart. [http://nepenthes.lycaeum.org/Drugs/THC/Smoke/blunts.html]

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Slang definitions & phrases for blunted

blunt

noun

A cigar hollowed out and filled with marijuana

[1980s+ Narcotics; fr the Phillies Blunt2 cigars eponymously used]


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