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Meaning of BLUNT

Pronunciation:  blunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment; "the blunt truth"; "the crude facts"; "facing the stark reality of the deadline"
  2. [adj]  characterized by disconcerting 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"
  3. [adj]  used of a knife or other blade; not sharp; "a blunt instrument"
  4. [adj]  having a broad or rounded end; "thick marks made by a blunt pencil"; "a blunt instrument"
  5. [v]  make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; "Terror blunted her feelings"; "deaden a sound"
  6. [v]  make less sharp; "blunt the knives"
  7. [v]  make less intense; "blunted emotions"
  8. [v]  make dull or blunt, as of sharp edges or knives' blades
  9. [v]  make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses"

BLUNT is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: benumb, candid, crude(a), deaden, direct, dull, dull, dull, forthright, frank, free-spoken, numb, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, pointless, stark(a), unconditional, unpointed
 Antonyms: animate, enliven, invigorate, liven, liven up, sharpen
 See Also: alter, alter, break, change, change, damp, dampen, desensitise, desensitize, obtund, petrify, soften, weaken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Blunt\, a. [Cf. Prov. G. bludde a dull or blunt knife,
    Dan. blunde to sleep, Sw. & Icel. blunda; or perh. akin to E.
    1. Having a thick edge or point, as an instrument; dull; not
             The murderous knife was dull and blunt. --Shak.
    2. Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; stupid; --
       opposed to {acute}.
             His wits are not so blunt.            --Shak.
    3. Abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious; wanting the forms
       of civility; rough in manners or speech. ``Hiding his
       bitter jests in blunt behavior.'' ``A plain, blunt man.''
    4. Hard to impress or penetrate. [R.]
             I find my heart hardened and blunt to new
             impressions.                          --Pope.
    Note: Blunt is much used in composition, as blunt-edged,
          blunt-sighted, blunt-spoken.
    Syn: Obtuse; dull; pointless; curt; short; coarse; rude;
         brusque; impolite; uncivil.
  2. \Blunt\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blunted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to
       make blunt. --Shak.
    2. To repress or weaken, as any appetite, desire, or power of
       the mind; to impair the force, keenness, or
       susceptibility, of; as, to blunt the feelings.
  3. \Blunt\, n.
    1. A fencer's foil. [Obs.]
    2. A short needle with a strong point. See {Needle}.
    3. Money. [Cant] --Beaconsfield.
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