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).
blunt (comparative blunter, superlative bluntest)
- Having a thick edge or point; not sharp.
c. 1593 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene iv]:
The murderous knife was dull and blunt.
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.
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, in The China Governess:
The face which emerged was not reassuring. It was blunt and grey, the nose springing thick and flat from high on the frontal bone of the forehead, whilst his eyes were narrow slits of dark in a tight bandage of tissue. […].
- Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; opposed to acute.
1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene v]:
His wits are not so blunt.
- 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.
1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene ii]:
a plain, blunt man
- Hard to impress or penetrate.
- Slow or deficient in feeling: insensitive.
having a thick edge or point, not sharp
- Aklanon: dumpoe
- Arabic: كَلِيل (kalīl)
- Armenian: բութ (hy) (butʿ)
- Bashkir: үтмәҫ (ütmäθ), тупаҫ (tupaθ), тупаҡ (tupaq)
- Basque: kamuts
- Belarusian: тупы́ (tupý)
- Bulgarian: тъп (bg) (tǎp), притъпен (bg) (pritǎpen)
- Burmese: တုံး (my) (tum:)
- Catalan: rom (ca)
- Mandarin: 鈍／钝 (zh) (dùn)
- Czech: tupý (cs) m
- Danish: sløv
- Dutch: stomp (nl), bot (nl)
- Esperanto: malakra
- Estonian: nüri (et)
- Finnish: tylppä (fi), tylsä (fi)
- French: émoussé (fr)
- Galician: moucho (gl), obtuso (gl), mouco (gl)
- Georgian: ბლაგვი (ka) (blagvi)
- German: stumpf (de), abgestumpft (de)
- Greek: αμβλύς (el) (amvlýs)
- Ancient: ἀμβλύς (amblús), κωφός (kōphós)
- Hebrew: קֵהֶה (he) m (qehé)
- Hungarian: tompa (hu)
- Icelandic: sljór (is)
- Indonesian: tumpul (id), majal (id)
- Ingrian: tyltsä
- Italian: spuntato (it)
- Japanese: 鈍い (ja) (にぶい, nibui)
- Khmer: រឹល (km) (rɨl)
- Korean: 무딘 (ko) (mudin)
- Kyrgyz: мокок (ky) (mokok)
- Latin: obtusus, hebes, retusus
- Latvian: truls, neass
- Lithuanian: bukas
- Macedonian: тап (tap)
- Malay: tumpul (ms)
- Manx: neuvirragh, angheyre
- Maori: kotehe, pūnuki, hāpūpū, pūhoi, nguture, pūnguru, pūhuki, kuruhuki, tūnguru
- Mongolian: мохоо (mn) (moxoo)
- Bokmål: stump (no)
- Nynorsk: stump
- Persian: کند (fa) (kond)
- Polish: tępy (pl)
- Portuguese: cego (pt), rombo (pt), obtuso (pt)
- Romanian: tocit (ro), neascutit, bont (ro)
- Russian: тупо́й (ru) (tupój)
- Cyrillic: туп
- Roman: tup (sh)
- Slovak: tupý
- Slovene: top (sl)
- Spanish: romo (es), obtuso (es)
- Swedish: trubbig (sv)
- Tamil: please add this translation if you can
- Tausug: tumpul
- Thai: please add this translation if you can
- Turkish: küt (tr)
- Ukrainian: тупи́й (tupýj)
- Vietnamese: cùn (vi)
- Welsh: pŵl (cy), di-awch
- Zazaki: xırt
dull in understanding; slow of discernment
abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious
hard to impress or penetrate
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
2004, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home […] , Simon & Schuster, →ISBN, 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.
short needle with a strong point
cigar filled with marijuana
From Middle English blunten, blonten, from the adjective (see above).
blunt (third-person singular simple present blunts, present participle blunting, simple past and past participle blunted)
- To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to make blunt.
- (figurative) 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.
to dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker