blunt Definition

  • 1having a thick edge or point, not sharp
  • 2direct and lacking in feeling or subtlety
  • 3make or become less sharp

Using blunt: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "blunt" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The knife is too blunt to cut the meat.

  • Example

    He gave a blunt answer to the question.

  • Example

    She was blunt about his lack of talent.

  • Example

    The impact blunted the blade.

blunt Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using blunt

  • a person who is not very intelligent or subtle


    He's a blunt instrument when it comes to diplomacy.

  • to make something less effective or powerful


    The bad news blunted the edge of their victory celebrations.

  • to spoil one's enjoyment of food or drink by doing or saying something unpleasant


    The sight of the dirty kitchen blunted my appetite.

Phrases with blunt

  • a tool or object that has a broad, flat, or dull end, often used as a weapon


    The murder weapon was identified as a blunt instrument.

  • injury caused by a blunt object or force


    The patient suffered from blunt trauma to the head.

  • speaking in a direct and frank manner, without trying to be polite or tactful


    Bluntly speaking, I don't think you're qualified for the job.

Origins of blunt

from Old English 'blont', meaning 'dull, stupid'


Summary: blunt in Brief

The term 'blunt' [blสŒnt] can refer to objects that are not sharp, as well as to people or statements that are direct and lacking in subtlety. It can also mean to make something less sharp. Examples include 'The knife is too blunt to cut the meat.' and 'She was blunt about his lack of talent.' Phrases like 'blunt instrument' and idioms like 'blunt the edge of something' extend the concept to broader contexts.

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