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"blunt" in British English

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bluntadjective

uk   /blʌnt/ 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   /ˈblʌnt.nəs/ us   /ˈblʌnt.nəs/

bluntverb [T]

uk   /blʌnt/ us   /blʌnt/
to make something less sharp
to make a feeling less strong: My recent bad experience 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 fellow officials.
  • blunt adjective (NOT SHARP)

[-er/-est only] not having a sharp edge 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 big bore.

bluntverb [T]

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

to make something less strongly felt: Eating between meals will blunt your appetite.
(Definition of blunt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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