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  • adv. in a blank manner, especially showing no emotion or expression

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a blank manner; without expression; vacuously.
  • adv. Directly; flatly; point blank.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a blank or vacant manner; vacuously; aimlessly.
  • Directly; point-blank; flatly; utterly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. without expression; in a blank manner


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  • Mr. Campion repeated the name blankly but as recollection came to him his eyes widened.

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  • I love that boy dearly, but when he's not-entirely-sober, he tends to spend large amounts of time staring at me somewhat blankly, which is really unnerving when I'm trying to concentrate on something else, particularly if it's something like writing, where I have to use a different portion of my brain than I do for photoshopping, or reading something, as far as I can tell.

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  • The desire in his eyes cracked into a thousand pieces like the shards of the Portal mirror at Renwick’s, and for a moment his expression was blankly astonished.

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  • Why, he looked at me kind of blankly, and I swear he acted as though he had almost forgotten it already.

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  • The hallmarks of much postmodernism are there, though it's more postmodern filmmaking than literature: a kind of blankly ironic (so self-conscious it's self-neutering) use of pop-culture and low-brow culture; amoral violence; a superficial identity-politics (Dave's embraced as a kind of fanboy or geek-chic vigilante, while in the movie Hit-Girl's Kill Bill, faux-feminist, grrl power gets played up); an almost irreverent, self-conscious take on old genres.

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  • I opened the door and stared blankly at Bryce, holding a bouquet of long-stemmed red roses.

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  • She poured some into a bowl and hunched at the kitchen island, blankly spooning the cereal into her mouth.


  • I sat at the opposite end of the bench, blankly staring at him.

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  • Okay, a few just stare blankly, but most are impressed.

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  • Ilan squeezed the steering wheel and stared blankly out of the windshield.

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