blunt

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EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Possibly from Old Norse blundra.

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AdjectiveEdit

blunt (comparative blunter, superlative bluntest)

  1. Having a thick edge or point, as an instrument; not sharp.
    • Shakespeare
      The murderous knife was dull and blunt.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, The China Governess[1]:
      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. […].
  2. Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; opposed to acute.
    • Shakespeare
      His wits are not so blunt.
  3. 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
    • Shakespeare
      a plain, blunt man
  4. Hard to impress or penetrate.
    • Alexander Pope
      I find my heart hardened and blunt to new impressions.
  5. Slow or deficient in feeling: insensitive.

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NounEdit

blunt (plural blunts)

  1. A fencer's practice foil with a soft tip.
  2. A short needle with a strong point.
  3. (smoking) A marijuana cigar.
    • 2005: 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!” — Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 461)
  4. (UK, slang, archaic, uncountable) money
    • Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
      Down he goes to the Commons, to see the lawyer and draw the blunt []
  5. A playboating move resembling a cartwheel performed on a wave.

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VerbEdit

blunt (third-person singular simple present blunts, present participle blunting, simple past and past participle blunted)

  1. To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to make blunt.
  2. (figuratively) 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.
    • 2011 January 12, Saj Chowdhury, “Liverpool 2 - 1 Liverpool”, BBC:
      That settled the Merseysiders for a short while but it did not blunt the home side's spirit.

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *blundaz

AdjectiveEdit

blunt m (feminine blunde)

  1. blonde
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