Blunt - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |blĘŚnt|  American pronunciation of the word blunt
Brit.  |blĘŚnt|  British pronunciation of the word blunt

verb

- make less intense
- make numb or insensitive (syn: benumb, dull, numb)
- make dull or blunt (syn: dull)
- make less sharp
- make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation(syn: deaden)

adjective

- having a broad or rounded end
- used of a knife or other blade; not sharp
- characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion(syn: candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder)
- devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment(syn: crude, stark)

Examples

To be perfectly blunt, I find her annoying.

He was blunt about needing more privacy.

...the mushy music blunted the effect of the movie's final tragic scene...

Its edges will never blunt.

Sharpen all your blunt knives.

To be blunt, many of the candidates cannot read or write.

Julian's blunt words hurt her.

The bad weather blunted their enthusiasm for camping.

His demeanour was so blunt as sometimes might be termed clownish.

Terror blunted her feelings

thick marks made by a blunt pencil

These amendments will blunt the edge of the legislation.

The killer struck him with a blunt object.

He sawed at the loaf with a blunt knife.

The victim suffered a blow to the head from a blunt instrument.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: blunt
he/she/it: blunts
present participle: blunting
past tense: blunted
past participle: blunted
adjective
comparative: blunter
superlative: bluntest
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