Adjective "obtuse" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand.
  1. 'Really, I can't understand how Raspberry would be so obtuse to confuse cause and effect.'
  2. 'When I pressed her and told her of Alana's increasing concern about her eyesight, she looked at me as if I were being deliberately obtuse.'
  3. 'The mainstream media would do us a lot of good by not being obtuse about it.'
  4. 'You have to love that intentionally obtuse use of the conditional ‘in case’ - as if the Times reporter didn't really know what the real plan was.'
  5. 'Young man, are you being deliberately obtuse and provocative?'
  6. 'To this end, the Peak began to ask how America could be so obtuse as to not understand the motives behind the attack.'
  7. 'Mother can be a little obtuse when she chooses so I didn't shoot back sarcastically, ‘No Mother, I'm doing this out of the goodness of my heart.’'
  8. 'Luskin tells Isikoff he did nothing wrong but now concedes ‘I was completely obtuse about the optics of the situation.’'
  9. 'Those who don't get this are either sadly uninformed or deliberately obtuse.'
  10. 'This recording is deeply, willfully obtuse, enigmatic and difficult.'
  11. 'Brad is being both condescending and obtuse - I have difficulty in seeing any evidence whatsoever of infantilism in the piece that he quotes.'
  12. 'Even for him, this is an especially difficult and obtuse text.'
  13. 'But all their early 90's radical reinvention meant was wrapping the songs in deliberately obtuse production to make it seem cutting edge.'
  14. 'In the fullness of time, ninety-nine percent of the bad, ugly, stupid, obtuse, and banal remains so, and remains so unmemorable that it sinks into oblivion.'
  15. 'I have noted from reading Hansard and other reports that some members in this House are being deliberately obtuse on this matter.'
  16. 'Worse again, he put together arrangements for his music which were obtuse and wilfully difficult.'
  17. 'The inner mysteries consist of more complex or obtuse symbolism which exists within these same stories.'
(of an angle) more than 90° and less than 180°
  1. 'The largest angle of an obtuse triangle is more than 90 degrees, and the largest angle of an acute triangle is less than 90 degrees.'
  2. 'The LRF - 800's performance in the field, especially on smaller objects and those with severely obtuse angles, remains to seen.'
  3. 'I found it, I measured it, and, well, I'm sorry, people, but an obtuse angle of 134 degrees just ain't a corner.'
  4. 'Anterior margin of carapace slightly acuminate with less obtuse cardinal angle than posterior margin.'
  5. 'Walls unexpectedly meet at acute and obtuse angles rather than commonplace right angles.'
  6. 'The rear of the craft was square so the whole thing appeared to be an obtuse triangle with the large angle at the nose.'
  7. 'The fracture surfaces form acute and obtuse angles with the outer surface of the bone, and they exhibit no perturbations caused by split lines.'
  8. 'These students had studied different types of angles e.g., acute, straight and obtuse angles, and discussed the notion of adjacent angles.'
  9. 'As if the obtuse angle between his thighs isn't enough, Farrell is actually leaning back in his chair.'
Not sharp-pointed or sharp-edged; blunt.
  1. 'In addition, it differs from C. magna in the absence of a closed talonid basin of the m3 and in the obtuse shape of the parastylc of M3.'
  2. 'Left anterior auricle shallow, with straight dorsal margin and obtuse, outwardly concave anterior margin lacking a byssal sinus.'
  3. 'The relatively obtuse rostrum terminates almost directly in front of the anteriormost tooth socket.'
  4. 'It is a luxuriant plant with opposite oblong and obvoate leaves which abruptly acuminate apically and are obtuse to basally rounded.'
  5. 'The domes are obtuse and flat and are quite distant from each other.'


1. not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull.

2. not sharp, acute, or pointed; blunt in form.

3. (of a leaf, petal, etc.) rounded at the extremity.

4. indistinctly felt or perceived, as pain or sound.

More examples(as adjective)

"lyrics can be obtuse in hearings."

"individuals can be obtuse in things."

"angles can be obtuse."

"people can be obtuse."

"warnings can be obtuse."

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Late Middle English (in obtuse (sense 3)): from Latin obtusus, past participle of obtundere ‘beat against’ (see obtund).