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[blurt] /blɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to utter suddenly or inadvertently; divulge impulsively or unadvisedly (usually followed by out):
He blurted out the hiding place of the spy.
an abrupt utterance.
Origin of blurt
1565-75; apparently imitative Unabridged
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  • I blurted out "What is he that he should pester his betters with his attentions?"

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • "Great attractions, no doubt—to me invisible," blurted the major.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • "I never said nothing at all about Greenberg & Sen," Aaron blurted out.

    The Competitive Nephew Montague Glass
  • Primmie sniffed once more, gulped, and then blurted forth the explanation.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It screamed above them as though ten million devils were a-horse; and blurted out on to the wild Marches beyond.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
British Dictionary definitions for blurted


(transitive) often foll by out. to utter suddenly and involuntarily
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blurted



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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