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Meaning & Definition of Blunt in English

English

Blunt

/blənt/

verb

1. Make less intense

  • "Blunted emotions"
    synonym:
  • blunt

2. Make numb or insensitive

  • "The shock numbed her senses"
    synonym:
  • numb
  • ,
  • benumb
  • ,
  • blunt
  • ,
  • dull

3. Make dull or blunt

  • "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
    synonym:
  • dull
  • ,
  • blunt

4. Make less sharp

  • "Blunt the knives"
    synonym:
  • blunt

5. Make less lively, intense, or vigorous

  • Impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation
  • "Terror blunted her feelings"
  • "Deaden a sound"
    synonym:
  • deaden
  • ,
  • blunt

adjective

1. Having a broad or rounded end

  • "Thick marks made by a blunt pencil"
    synonym:
  • blunt

2. Used of a knife or other blade

  • Not sharp
  • "A blunt instrument"
    synonym:
  • blunt

3. Characterized by directness in manner or speech

  • Without subtlety or evasion
  • "Blunt talking and straight shooting"
  • "A blunt new england farmer"
  • "I gave them my candid opinion"
  • "Forthright criticism"
  • "A forthright approach to the problem"
  • "Tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"
  • "It is possible to be outspoken without being rude"
  • "Plainspoken and to the point"
  • "A point-blank accusation"
    synonym:
  • blunt
  • ,
  • candid
  • ,
  • forthright
  • ,
  • frank
  • ,
  • free-spoken
  • ,
  • outspoken
  • ,
  • plainspoken
  • ,
  • point-blank
  • ,
  • straight-from-the-shoulder

4. Devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

  • "The blunt truth"
  • "The crude facts"
  • "Facing the stark reality of the deadline"
    synonym:
  • blunt
  • ,
  • crude(a)
  • ,
  • stark(a)