1. Having a thick edge or point, as an instrument; dull; not sharp. "The murderous knife was dull and blunt." (Shak)
2. Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; stupid; opposed to acute. "His wits are not so blunt." (Shak)
3. Abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious; wanting the forms of civility; rough in manners or speech. "Hiding his bitter jests in blunt behavior." "A plain, blunt man."
4. Hard to impress or penetrate. "I find my heart hardened and blunt to new impressions." (Pope)
Blunt is much used in composition, as blunt-edged, blunt-sighted, blunt-spoken.
Synonyms: Obtuse, dull, pointless, curt, short, coarse, rude, brusque, impolite, uncivil.
Origin: Cf. Prov. G. Bludde a dull or blunt knife, Dan. Blunde to sleep, Sw. & Icel. Blunda; or perh. Akin to E. Blind.
(01 Mar 1998)