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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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Examples from the web for blurted
  • In an age that prized discretion, she blurted out the secrets of the affair to anyone she thought might pity her.
  • The principal became incensed with my answer and blurted out that she did not consider it a work of art.
  • They had a rather violent scene, and she blurted out- within forty-eight hours of their wed- ding-that she despised him.
  • The court properly denied appellant's motion to suppress his blurted statement.
  • He's kept his cool, stayed on message, thrown off a few quips and not blurted out any damning admissions.
  • The cops lost the propaganda game early when the news media blurted out the number of deceased.
British Dictionary definitions for blurted


(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 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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