Word of the Day: blunt

Word of the Day
May 25, 2016
blunt (adjective, verb)
/blʌnt/ sound icon
 
If your pencil is blunt, you will need a pencil sharpener.
When something is blunt, it means that it has a thick and round edge. In reference to something that should be sharp, like a knife, blunt means that it is not sharp at all. Blunt also means 'impolite and abrupt' when used to refer to a person or comment and also 'insensitive' or 'slow to perceive.' As a verb, blunt means 'to make or become less sharp' or 'to make something less keen or forceful.'

 

Example sentences
 
The letter was difficult to read because it had been written with a blunt pencil.
The scissors were blunt and wouldn't cut through the string.
Jane was offended by Robert's blunt questions about her personal life.
The author's intellect had become blunt since he stopped writing and he no longer noticed details of the world around him.
Years of use had blunted the knife, and it would no longer cut anything.
The king owned a magical sword whose edge would never blunt.
Repeated disappointments had blunted Anne's emotions and she no longer cared about anything.

 

Did you know?
 
You might quite often hear the term blunt instrument on TV police dramas. A blunt instrument is anything that is not sharp and that someone could use as a weapon. It could be a baseball bat or simply something found nearby like a stone or a vase. On TV, when the police talk about someone being injured or killed with a blunt instrument, that usually means they know the victim has been hit with more force than from a punch, but they don't yet know exactly what the weapon was.
 
Other forms
 
bluntness (noun), bluntly (adverb)
 
Origin
 
Blunt dates back to the second half of the 12th century and may be akin to blind.
 
 
 
 
 
Blunt in other languages
 
 
 
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