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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Perhaps from Old Norse blundr 'sleeping'

blunt

1 adjective
     
blunt1
1 not sharp or pointed [≠ sharp]:
Sharpen all your blunt knives.
a blunt pencil
2 speaking in an honest way even if this upsets people [↪ bluntly]:
To be blunt, many of the candidates cannot read or write.
Julian's blunt words hurt her.
3

blunt instrument

a) a heavy object that is used to hit someone:
The victim suffered a blow to the head from a blunt instrument.
b) a method of doing something that does not work very well because it has a lot of other effects which you do not want:
The exams are a blunt instrument which will reveal little about children's abilities.
bluntness noun [uncountable]

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