|Origin:||Perhaps from Old Norse blundr 'sleeping'|
not sharp or pointed [≠ sharp]:
Sharpen all your blunt knives.
a blunt pencil
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.
a heavy object that is used to hit someone:
The victim suffered a blow to the head from a blunt instrument.
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]