Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a dull edge or end; not sharp.
  • adj. Abrupt and often disconcertingly frank in speech: "Onscreen, John Wayne was a blunt talker and straight shooter” ( Time). See Synonyms at gruff.
  • adj. Slow to understand or perceive; dull.
  • adj. Lacking in feeling; insensitive.
  • transitive v. To dull the edge of.
  • transitive v. To make less effective; weaken: blunting the criticism with a smile.
  • intransitive v. To become blunt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a thick edge or point, as an instrument; not sharp.
  • adj. Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; opposed to acute.
  • adj. Abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious; wanting the forms of civility; rough in manners or speech.
  • adj. Hard to impress or penetrate.
  • adj. Slow or deficient in feeling: insensitive
  • n. A fencer's foil.
  • n. A short needle with a strong point.
  • n. A marijuana cigar.
  • n. money
  • v. To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to make blunt.
  • v. To repress or weaken, as any appetite, desire, or power of the mind; to impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility, of; as, to blunt the feelings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a thick edge or point, as an instrument; dull; not sharp.
  • adj. Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; stupid; -- opposed to acute.
  • adj. Abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious; wanting the forms of civility; rough in manners or speech.
  • adj. Hard to impress or penetrate.
  • n. A fencer's foil.
  • n. A short needle with a strong point. See Needle.
  • n. Money.
  • transitive v. To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to make blunt.
  • transitive v. To repress or weaken, as any appetite, desire, or power of the mind; to impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility, of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Obtuse, thick, or dull, as an angle, edge, or point; having an obtuse, thick, or dull edge or point, as a foil, sword, pencil, etc.; not sharp or acute.
  • Dull in understanding; slow of discernment.
  • Obtuse; free from sharp angularities, projections, or corners.
  • Rough in manner or speech; rude; unpolished; hence, abrupt in address or manner; plain-spoken; unceremonious: applied to persons.
  • Plain; plain-spoken; unceremonious or unconventional; direct; free from circumlocution: as, blunt truths; a blunt bearing.
  • Hard to penetrate.
  • Faint.
  • Synonyms Brusk, bluff, uncivil, rude, uncourteous.
  • n. A blunt sword for fencing; a foil.
  • n. A needle of a grade shorter and less sharply pointed than a sharp. See needle.
  • n. [Slang, and perhaps of different origin.] Money; ready money.
  • To make blunt, as an edge or point; dull the edge or point of, as a knife or bodkin, by making it thicker.
  • To weaken or deaden, as appetite, desire, or power of the mind; impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility of.
  • To become blunt: as, the blade blunts easily.

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

  • v. make numb or insensitive
  • adj. used of a knife or other blade; not sharp
  • v. make less intense
  • adj. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
  • v. make less sharp
  • adj. devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment
  • adj. having a broad or rounded end
  • v. make dull or blunt
  • v. make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation

Etymologies

Middle English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Possibly from Old Norse blundra. (Wiktionary)

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  • Wikipedia says a blunt is a cigar which is wider than a cigarillo and not quite as wide as a traditional cigar.

    Common street usage is a cigar emptied of tobacco and filled with cannabis. Named for a brand of cigars popular for that use "Phillies Blunts"

    April 8, 2009