blunt

A blunt object is rounded — it isn't very pointy. A blunt comment is candid — it isn't very subtle. When we blunt things we make them less lively, sharp, or intense.

Blunt and blunder ("make a stupid mistake") may have the same origins — the Old Norse blundra, meaning "to shut one's eyes." So don't be blunt ("dull" or "obtuse") — here are a few things you probably don't want to do: 1) use a blunt ("dull") knife to cut your tomatoes; 2) make a blunt ("outspoken") comment that might hurt someone's feelings; or 3) blunt ("deaden") the sound of your favorite music by sticking cotton balls in your ears.

Definitions of blunt
  1. adjective
    used of a knife or other blade; not sharp
    “a blunt instrument”
    Synonyms:
    dull
    not having a sharp edge or point
  2. adjective
    having a broad or rounded end
    “thick marks made by a blunt pencil”
    Synonyms:
    pointless, unpointed
    not having a point especially a sharp point
  3. adjective
    characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
    blunt talking and straight shooting”
    “a blunt New England farmer”
    synonyms: candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder
    direct
    straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
  4. adjective
    devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment
    “the blunt truth”
    synonyms: crude, stark
    unconditional, unconditioned
    not conditional
  5. verb
    make less sharp
    blunt the knives”
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  6. verb
    make dull or blunt
    synonyms: dull
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    Antonyms:
    sharpen
    make sharp or sharper
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  7. verb
    make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation
    “Terror blunted her feelings”
    synonyms: deaden
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    Antonyms:
    animate, enliven, invigorate, liven, liven up
    make lively
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    obtund
    reduce the edge or violence of
    petrify
    cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned
    break, damp, dampen, dilute, soften, weaken
    lessen in force or effect
    deafen
    make soundproof
    damp, dampen, deaden
    make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  8. verb
    make less intense
    blunted emotions”
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    type of:
    weaken
    lessen the strength of
  9. verb
    make numb or insensitive
    synonyms: benumb, dull, numb
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    type of:
    desensitise, desensitize
    cause not to be sensitive
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