Adjective "Blunt" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a cutting implement) not having a sharp edge or point.
  1. 'Swords of the bronze age were characteristically short in blade length, heavy for their size, and with a relatively blunt cutting edge.'
  2. 'My pencil was blunt as I was not allowed sharp ones in case I deliberately poked my self in the eye, or something.'
  3. 'The scans showed that only brain areas associated with the sensation of touch were activated when volunteers were touched with blunt needles.'
  4. 'Either our knives were blunt or the panini was tough.'
  5. 'And if they had hoped to tidy up their beards they would have had to make do with a blunt razor they should have changed weeks ago.'
  6. 'Unfortunately, her cutting edge has become blunt.'
  7. 'No one wants to do this either, so we emerge relying on a too blunt tool or a rather too sharp one - with no other easy alternative that I can see.'
  8. 'To prepare scallops, ease open the shells by inserting a blunt knife.'
  9. 'Hold the oyster with a thick cloth and insert a blunt knife firmly into the hinges at the side of the shell.'
  10. 'Beth almost wished she could find that culture and live the rest of her days without worrying about blunt razors or empty shaving cream canisters.'
  11. 'the blunt tip of the leaf'
  12. 'Ski ‘N’ Roll, as this new sport is called, needs quite cheap equipment - roller skates and poles without blunt tips, that is.'
  13. 'Sea otters have flat, blunt tails as well as webbed hind paws.'
  14. 'The posterior edges of the nasals are rounded and blunt, and do not narrow to a slender point as they do in H. gregarius.'
  15. 'Until the 1840s, screws had a flat or blunt tip, which necessitated drilling a lead hole first in order to start the screw.'
  16. 'The blunt portion of it was thick and looked like it had to weigh at least two hundred pounds.'
  17. 'Because the barrel's end is hollowed out, saving weight, the end is blunt rather than rounded.'
  18. 'In contrast to the tip of a blade, a bullet is blunt and will impact a large number of fibers, which will resist entry.'
  19. 'The rostrum is relatively short and blunt, with rounded lateral edges.'
  20. 'His right hand holds the gun on her unwaveringly, the blunt tips of round lead bullets in its chambers clearly visible from the business end.'
  21. 'Blacktip reef sharks have a fusiform body and a short rounded, blunt snout with an arched down-turned mouth filled with long sharp serrated teeth.'
(of a person or remark) uncompromisingly forthright.
  1. 'I am blunt, straightforward, demanding of myself and others.'
  2. 'It's a simple, blunt question for a person who felt like a changeling in someone else's family.'
  3. 'He didn't see her as being such a blunt person all the time, but instead got the idea that she was simply trying to tell him something about her nature without actually saying anything.'
  4. 'Or will they say here's a plain spoken, direct, blunt guy who may make his way in politics.'
  5. 'She thought just flat out saying yes would be a little too blunt.'
  6. 'A thick skin is essential, as colleagues tend to be blunt in their discussion of strengths and weaknesses.'
  7. 'As a conversationalist he's blunt and frank, even chummily so, yet not very interesting; and he holds no mysteries.'
  8. 'She was brutally blunt, though not intentionally.'
  9. 'When I get hold of her she is blunt and straight to the point - there is a clear link and she found it.'
  10. 'As to when that might be, he is blunt: ‘When I'm dragged out kicking and screaming, or my body packs in.’'


Make or become less sharp.
  1. no object 'the edge may blunt very rapidly'
  2. 'Adding to this unexpected, macroscopic demonstration of crack blunting, computer simulations of fracturing in even more elastic materials pointed to blunting as a barrier to crack growth on a microscopic scale.'
  3. 'Her sharp cheekbones blunted themselves, and her nose was once again too narrow, the chin round and stubborn.'
  4. 'The EKG was normal, and the chest x-ray showed no infiltrates but blunting at the left costophrenic angle.'
  5. 'Scratches etched where a million scrapes had blunted the tips of misguided attempts to put the key in lock seemed like ditches in the copper and brass whereas the dark recess of the key hole looked huge and looming.'
  6. 'The institution of liability insurance has blunted and it has removed the deterrent effect of tort law, because those who carry out the acts do not pay the damages, their insurance company does.'
  7. 'It increases the number of calories the body burns each day, including calories from bodyfat, and it blunts hunger, thereby decreasing the amount of calories taken in.'
  8. 'In choosing duty to the party over loyalty to his conscience, he has only succeeded in corking and blunting his own pen.'
  9. 'Use of the patch may blunt or avoid pill-associated problems of sedation, rebound blood pressure changes and need for daily pill use.'
  10. 'France acquired its own nuclear weapons and could assume that NATO would blunt an attack from the east even after US forces and bases had been removed from its territory.'
  11. 'He adopted a team approach based on traditional British values and they managed to blunt the Chelsea edge.'
  12. 'Demoralized, the Italians began a hasty retreat, but not before blunting an attack by republican forces.'
  13. 'He watched in disbelief as the attack was so quickly blunted.'
  14. 'To some extent, he is like a clever diplomat, who is able to blunt the sharpest question and has his own gentle way of saying no.'
  15. 'Potassium can blunt the adverse effects of sodium on blood pressure, reduce the risk of kidney stones and possibly reduce bone loss.'


A hollowed-out cigar filled with cannabis.
  1. 'Finally, she went from singing about smoking blunts as she leaves church to warning kids about the hazards of drugs and alcohol.'
  2. 'Among the general population, persons coming of age since 1990 have been getting involved primarily with marijuana, often as a blunt.'
  3. 'Tommy's behavior demonstrated - behind the backs of his counselors - that he could not wait until he got out so he could smoke a blunt.'
  4. 'Is it any wonder a blunt would drive him to extremes?'
  5. 'A 17-year-old dealer was smoking blunts with a friend, whom he then accused of owing him money.'
  6. 'What once seemed a crafty producer's gimmick now sounds more like the imaginary friend of a shy dude who needed someone to talk to in the studio while he chain-smoked blunts.'
  7. 'He took a long time, and when he got back in the car, he wanted me to chill while he rolled a blunt.'
  8. 'His flow displays the effect of too many blunts, but also a cocky confidence that augments his cutting lyrics.'
  9. 'Some people have a drink after work, some people have a latte or whatever it is they do after work, and I smoke a blunt.'
  10. 'Consequently, marijuana use in blunts may persist longer into adulthood for a larger proportion of the general population than marijuana use in joints and pipes had in the past.'


1. having an obtuse, thick, or dull edge or point; rounded; not sharp: a blunt pencil.

2. abrupt in address or manner: a blunt, ill-timed question.

3. slow in perception or understanding; obtuse: His isolation has made him blunt about the feelings of others. verb (used with object), blunted, blunting.

4. to make blunt; hebetate: He blunted the knife by using it to cut linoleum.

5. to weaken or impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility of: Wine fi

More examples(as adjective)

"ministers can be blunt in things."

"people can be blunt in things."

"people can be blunt about things."

"people can be blunt about predicaments."

"frankfurters can be blunt in things."

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Middle English (in the sense ‘dull, insensitive’): perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Old Norse blunda ‘shut the eyes’.