blunt

[bluhnt]
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; Middle English; perhaps akin to blind

bluntly, adverb
bluntness, noun
unblunted, adjective


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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blunt (blʌnt)
 
adj
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
 
vb
5.  to make less sharp
6.  to diminish the sensitivity or perception of; make dull
 
n
7.  slang a cannabis cigarette
 
[C12: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse blundr dozing, blunda to close one's eyes; see blunder, blind]
 
'bluntly
 
adv
 
'bluntness
 
n

Blunt (blʌnt)
 
n
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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blunt
c.1200, "dull, obtuse," perhaps from O.N. blundra (see blunder). Meaning "abrupt of speech or manner" is from 1580s. Blunt, 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.
"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]

bluntness
late 15c., "stupidity," from blunt + -ness. Meaning "rudeness" is from c.1600.
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Example sentences
Reviewers and musicians who disagree with him have sometimes been bruised by his bluntness.
Please excuse my bluntness, but the situation is dyer.
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