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).
- Having a thick edge or point; not sharp.
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iv]:
- The murderous knife was dull and blunt.
- 1944, Miles Burton, The Three Corpse Trick, chapter 5:
- The dinghy was trailing astern at the end of its painter, and Merrion looked at it as he passed. He saw that it was a battered-looking affair of the prahm type, with a blunt snout, and like the parent ship, had recently been painted a vivid green.
- Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; opposed to acute.
- 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene v]:
- His wits are not so blunt.
- 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
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
- a plain, blunt man
- Hard to impress or penetrate.
- Slow or deficient in feeling: insensitive.
- (having a thick edge or point): dull, pointless, coarse
- (dull in understanding): stupid, obtuse
- (abrupt in address): curt, short, rude, brusque, impolite, uncivil, harsh
blunt (plural blunts)
- A fencer's practice foil with a soft tip.
- A short needle with a strong point.
- (smoking) A marijuana cigar.
- 2005: 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!” — Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 461)
- (Britain, slang, archaic, uncountable) money
- A playboating move resembling a cartwheel performed on a wave.
- To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to make blunt.
- (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:
- That settled the Merseysiders for a short while but it did not blunt the home side's spirit.
blunt m (oblique and nominative feminine singular blunde)
- Alternative form of