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Meaning of “blunt” in the English Dictionary

"blunt" in British English

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bluntadjective

uk   us   /blʌnt/
  • blunt adjective (NOT SHARP)

C2 A blunt ​pencil, ​knife, etc. is not ​sharp and ​therefore not ​able to write, ​cut, etc. well.
  • blunt adjective (RUDE)

C2 saying what you ​think without ​trying to be ​polite or ​considering other people's ​feelings: I'll be blunt - that last ​piece of ​work you did was ​terrible.
bluntness
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈblʌnt.nəs/

bluntverb [T]

uk   us   /blʌnt/
to make something less ​sharp to make a ​feeling less ​strong: My ​recentbadexperience has blunted my enthusiasm for ​travel.
(Definition of blunt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"blunt" in American English

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bluntadjective

 us   /blʌnt/
  • blunt adjective (DIRECT IN SPEECH)

saying what you ​think without ​trying to be ​polite or ​caring about other people’s ​feelings: blunt ​criticism Blunt and ​outspoken, he often ​quarreled with ​fellowofficials.
  • blunt adjective (NOT SHARP)

[-er/-est only] not having a ​sharpedge or ​point: Use a blunt ​instrument to ​smash the ​ginger and ​onion into the ​garlic.
bluntly
adverb  us   /ˈblʌnt·li/
He is, to put it bluntly, a ​bigbore.

bluntverb [T]

 us   /blʌnt/
  • blunt verb [T] (MAKE LESS STRONG)

to make something less ​stronglyfelt: Eating between ​meals will blunt ​yourappetite.
(Definition of blunt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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