Definition of “blunt” - English Dictionary

“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)