obtuse Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “obtuse” in the English Dictionary

"obtuse" in British English

See all translations

obtuseadjective

uk   /əbˈtjuːs/  us   /ɑːbˈtuːs/
  • obtuse adjective (ANGLE)

specialized mathematics (of an ​angle) more than 90° and less than ​180°
obtusely
adverb uk   us   /-li/ formal
obtuseness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/ formal
(Definition of obtuse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"obtuse" in American English

See all translations

obtuseadjective

 us   /əbˈtus, ɑb-/
  • obtuse adjective (ANGLE)

geometry (of an ​angle) more than 90° and less than 180°, or (of a ​triangle) ​containing an ​angle of more than 90° and less than 180°
  • obtuse adjective (STUPID)

stupid or ​slow to ​understand: I’m not ​trying to be obtuse, but I don’t get it.
(Definition of obtuse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “obtuse”
in Spanish obtuso…
in Vietnamese tù (góc)…
in Malaysian cakah…
in Thai ซึ่งเป็นมุมป้าน…
in French obtus…
in German stumpf…
in Chinese (Simplified) 角度, (角度)钝角的…
in Indonesian tumpul…
in Chinese (Traditional) 角度, (角度)鈍角的…
What is the pronunciation of obtuse?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“obtuse” in American English

Word of the Day

hipster

someone who is very influenced by the most recent ideas and fashions

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

awesomesauce noun
awesomesauce noun
February 01, 2016
slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

Read More