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

adj used of a knife or other blade; not sharp

“a blunt instrument”
Synonyms:
dull
not having a sharp edge or point

adj having a broad or rounded end

“thick marks made by a blunt pencil”
Synonyms:
pointless, unpointed
not having a point especially a sharp point

adj 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

adj devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

“the blunt truth”
Synonyms:
crude, stark
unconditional, unconditioned
not conditional

v make less sharp

blunt the knives”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v make dull or blunt

Synonyms:
dull
Antonyms:
sharpen
make sharp or sharper
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation

“Terror blunted her feelings”
Synonyms:
deaden
Antonyms:
animate, enliven, invigorate, liven, liven up
make lively
Types:
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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, 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

v make less intense

blunted emotions”
Type of:
weaken
lessen the strength of

v make numb or insensitive

Synonyms:
benumb, dull, numb
Type of:
desensitise, desensitize
cause not to be sensitive

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