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blurt

[blurt] /blɜrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to utter suddenly or inadvertently; divulge impulsively or unadvisedly (usually followed by out):
He blurted out the hiding place of the spy.
noun
2.
an abrupt utterance.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; apparently imitative
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Examples from the web for blurt
  • After all, people blurt out stuff for all sorts of reasons, not all of which are high-minded.
  • Many doctors are reluctant to blurt out such a severe diagnosis after only a relatively brief visit.
  • Participants blurt out as many ideas as possible within a specified time period.
British Dictionary definitions for blurt

blurt

/blɜːt/
verb
1.
(transitive) often foll by out. to utter suddenly and involuntarily
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for blurt
v.

1570s, probably echoic. Related: blurted; blurting. As a noun, 1570s, probably from the verb.

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