From Middle English blunt, blont, from Old English *blunt (attested in the derivative Blunta (male personal name) (> English surnames Blunt, Blount)), probably of North Germanic origin, possibly related to Old Norse blunda (“to doze”) (> Icelandic blunda, Swedish blunda, Danish blunde).
- Having a thick edge or point; not sharp.
- 1944, Miles Burton, The Three Corpse Trick, chapter 5:
- The dinghy was trailing astern at the end of its painter, and Merrion looked at it as he passed. He saw that it was a battered-looking affair of the prahm type, with a blunt snout, and like the parent ship, had recently been painted a vivid green.
- Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; opposed to acute.
- Abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious; wanting the forms of civility; rough in manners or speech.
- the blunt admission that he had never liked my company
- Hard to impress or penetrate.
- Slow or deficient in feeling: insensitive.
- (having a thick edge or point): dull, pointless, coarse
- (dull in understanding): stupid, obtuse
- (abrupt in address): curt, short, rude, brusque, impolite, uncivil, harsh
blunt (plural blunts)
- A fencer's practice foil with a soft tip.
- A short needle with a strong point.
- (smoking, slang, US) A marijuana cigar.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:marijuana cigarette
- 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home, Simon & Schuster, page 461:
- […] to make his point, lead rapper B-Real fired up a blunt in front of the cameras and several hundred thousand people and announced, “I'm taking a hit for every one of y'all!”
- (UK, slang, archaic, uncountable) money
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:money
- A playboating move resembling a cartwheel performed on a wave.
- To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to make blunt.
- (figuratively) To repress or weaken; to impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility, of
- It blunted my appetite.
- My feeling towards her have been blunted.
- 2011 January 12, Saj Chowdhury, “Liverpool 2 - 1 Liverpool”, in BBC:
- That settled the Merseysiders for a short while but it did not blunt the home side's spirit.
- 2022 August 24, Nigel Harris, “Comment: Rail strikes deadlock”, in RAIL, number 964, page 3:
- I'm not saying that thousands of folk are not being inconvenienced, because they most certainly are, but the impact of strikes on government has been blunted.
- “blunt”, in Collins English Dictionary.
- “blunt”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
- “blunt”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- “blunt” in the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
blunt m (oblique and nominative feminine singular blunde)
- Alternative form of
blunt m anim
- (slang) Alternative spelling of