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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /blʌnt/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌnt

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English blunt, blont, from Old English *blunt (attested in the derivative Blunta (male personal name) (> English surnames Blunt, Blount)), probably of North Germanic origin, possibly related to Old Norse blunda (to doze) (> Icelandic blunda, Swedish blunda, Danish blunde).


blunt (comparative blunter, superlative bluntest)

  1. Having a thick edge or point; not sharp.
  2. Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; opposed to acute.
  3. Abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious; wanting the forms of civility; rough in manners or speech.
    The blunt admission that he had never liked my company.
  4. Hard to impress or penetrate.
  5. Slow or deficient in feeling: insensitive.
Derived terms[edit]


blunt (plural blunts)

  1. A fencer's practice foil with a soft tip.
  2. A short needle with a strong point.
  3. (smoking, slang, US) A marijuana cigar.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:marijuana cigarette
    • 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home, Simon & Schuster, page 461:
      [] to make his point, lead rapper B-Real fired up a blunt in front of the cameras and several hundred thousand people and announced, “I'm taking a hit for every one of y'all!”
  4. (UK, slang, archaic, uncountable) money
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:money
  5. A playboating move resembling a cartwheel performed on a wave.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English blunten, blonten, from the adjective (see above).


blunt (third-person singular simple present blunts, present participle blunting, simple past and past participle blunted)

  1. To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to make blunt.
  2. (figuratively) To repress or weaken; to impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility, of
    It blunted my appetite.
    My feeling towards her have been blunted.
    • 2011 January 12, Saj Chowdhury, “Liverpool 2 - 1 Liverpool”, in BBC[2]:
      That settled the Merseysiders for a short while but it did not blunt the home side's spirit.
    • 2022 August 24, Nigel Harris, “Comment: Rail strikes deadlock”, in RAIL, number 964, page 3:
      I'm not saying that thousands of folk are not being inconvenienced, because they most certainly are, but the impact of strikes on government has been blunted.

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Old French[edit]


From Frankish *blund, from Proto-Germanic *blundaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlendʰ-.



blunt m (oblique and nominative feminine singular blunde)

  1. Alternative form of blont



Unadapted borrowing from English blunt.


  • IPA(key): /blant/
  • Rhymes: -ant
  • Syllabification: blunt


blunt m anim

  1. (slang) Alternative spelling of blant


Further reading[edit]

  • blunt in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • blunt in Polish dictionaries at PWN