Blunt vs. Sharp

Blunt vs. Sharp — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Blunt and Sharp

Bluntadjective

Having a dull edge or end; not sharp.

Sharpadjective

Having a thin edge or a fine point suitable for or capable of cutting or piercing.

Bluntadjective

Abrupt and often disconcertingly frank in speech

"People [in the Western US] are blunt with one another, sometimes even cruel, believing honesty is stronger medicine than sympathy" (Gretel Ehrlich).

Sharpadjective

Having clear form and detail

a sharp photographic image.

Bluntadjective

Stark; unadorned

"The blunt truth ... is that he is devoid of political courage" (Jeff Jacoby).

Sharpadjective

Terminating in an edge or a point

sharp angular cliffs.a sharp nose.

Bluntadjective

Slow to perceive, understand, or feel; dull or insensitive

"I felt blunt with shock when I heard the news" (Sallie Bingham).

Sharpadjective

Clearly and distinctly set forth

sharp contrasts in behavior.

Bluntverb

To dull the edge of (a knife, for example).

Sharpadjective

Abrupt or acute

a sharp drop.a sharp turn.

Bluntverb

To make less effective; weaken

blunting the criticism with a smile.

Sharpadjective

Intellectually penetrating; astute

was sharp in his analysis of the problem.

Bluntverb

To become blunt

When the scraper blade blunts, you will have to replace it.

Sharpadjective

Marked by keenness and accuracy of perception

sharp hearing.

Bluntnoun

A cigar whose interior has been hollowed out and filled with marijuana.

Sharpadjective

Crafty or deceitful, as in business dealings

sharp selling practices.

Bluntnoun

A marijuana cigarette that has been rolled in a cigar's tobacco leaf wrapper instead of rolling paper.

Sharpadjective

Vigilant; alert

kept a sharp lookout for shoplifters.

Bluntadjective

Having a thick edge or point; not sharp.

Sharpadjective

Briskly or keenly cold and cutting

a sharp wind.

Bluntadjective

Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; opposed to acute.

Sharpadjective

Harsh or biting in tone or character

sharp criticism.

Bluntadjective

Abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious; wanting the forms of civility; rough in manners or speech.

the blunt admission that he had never liked my company

Sharpadjective

Fierce or impetuous; violent

a sharp temper.a sharp assault.

Bluntadjective

Hard to impress or penetrate.

Sharpadjective

Intense; severe

a sharp pain.

Bluntadjective

Slow or deficient in feeling: insensitive.

Sharpadjective

Sudden and shrill

a sharp whistle.

Bluntnoun

A fencer's practice foil with a soft tip.

Sharpadjective

Sudden and brilliant or dazzling

a sharp flash of lightning.

Bluntnoun

A short needle with a strong point.

Sharpadjective

Strongly affecting the senses of smell and taste

a sharp pungent odor.a sharp cheese.

Bluntnoun

(smoking) A marijuana cigar.

Sharpadjective

Composed of hard angular particles

sharp sand.

Bluntnoun

money

Sharpadjective

Raised in pitch by a semitone.

Bluntnoun

A playboating move resembling a cartwheel performed on a wave.

Sharpadjective

Being above the proper pitch.

Bluntverb

To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to make blunt.

Sharpadjective

Having the key signature in sharps.

Bluntverb

(figuratively) To repress or weaken; to impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility, of

It blunted my appetite.My feeling towards her have been blunted.

Sharpadjective

(Informal) Attractive or stylish

a sharp jacket.

Bluntverb

make less intense;

blunted emotions

Sharpadverb

In a sharp manner

hit me sharp on the brow.

Bluntverb

make numb or insensitive;

The shock numbed her senses

Sharpadverb

Punctually; exactly

at three o'clock sharp.

Bluntverb

make dull or blunt;

Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge

Sharpadverb

(Music) Above the true or proper pitch.

Bluntverb

make less sharp;

blunt the knives

Sharpnoun

A sign (♯) used to indicate that a note is to be raised by a semitone.

Bluntverb

make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation;

Terror blunted her feelingsdeaden a sound

Sharpnoun

A note that is raised a semitone.

Bluntadjective

having a broad or rounded end;

thick marks made by a blunt pencil

Sharpnoun

A slender sewing needle with a very fine point.

Bluntadjective

used of a knife or other blade; not sharp;

a blunt instrument

Sharpnoun

A hypodermic needle

a canister for disposing of used sharps.

Bluntadjective

characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion;

blunt talking and straight shootinga blunt New England farmerI gave them my candid opinionforthright criticisma forthright approach to the problemtell me what you think--and you may just as well be frankit is possible to be outspoken without being rudeplainspoken and to the pointa point-blank accusation

Sharpnoun

An expert.

Bluntadjective

devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment;

the blunt truththe crude factsfacing the stark reality of the deadline

Sharpnoun

A shrewd cheater; a sharper.

Sharpverb

To raise in pitch by a semitone.

Sharpverb

To play or sing above the proper pitch.

Sharpadjective

Able to cut easily.

I keep my knives sharp so that they don't slip unexpectedly while carving.

Sharpadjective

(colloquial) Intelligent.

My nephew is a sharp lad; he can count to 100 in six languages, and he's only five years old.

Sharpadjective

Terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded.

Ernest made the pencil too sharp and accidentally stabbed himself with it.a sharp hill; a face with sharp features

Sharpadjective

(music) Higher than usual by one semitone (denoted by the symbol ♯ after the name of the note).

Sharpadjective

(music) Higher in pitch than required.

The orchestra's third violin several times was sharp about an eighth of a tone.

Sharpadjective

Having an intense, acrid flavour.

Milly couldn't stand sharp cheeses when she was pregnant, because they made her nauseated.

Sharpadjective

Sudden and intense.

A pregnant woman during labor normally experiences a number of sharp contractions.

Sharpadjective

(colloquial) Illegal or dishonest.

Michael had a number of sharp ventures that he kept off the books.

Sharpadjective

(colloquial) Keenly or unduly attentive to one's own interests; shrewd.

a sharp dealer;a sharp customer

Sharpadjective

Exact, precise, accurate; keen.

You'll need sharp aim to make that shot.

Sharpadjective

Offensive, critical, or acrimonious.

sharp criticismWhen the two rivals met, first there were sharp words, and then a fight broke out.

Sharpadjective

(colloquial) Stylish or attractive.

You look so sharp in that tuxedo!

Sharpadjective

Observant; alert; acute.

Keep a sharp watch on the prisoners. I don't want them to escape!

Sharpadjective

Forming a small angle; especially, forming an angle of less than ninety degrees.

Drive down Main for three quarters of a mile, then make a sharp right turn onto Pine.

Sharpadjective

Steep; precipitous; abrupt.

a sharp ascent or descent; a sharp turn or curve

Sharpadjective

Said of as extreme a value as possible.

Sure, any planar graph can be five-colored. But that result is not sharp: in fact, any planar graph can be four-colored. That is sharp: the same can't be said for any lower number.

Sharpadjective

(chess) Tactical; risky.

Sharpadjective

Piercing; keen; severe; painful.

a sharp pain; the sharp and frosty winter air

Sharpadjective

Eager or keen in pursuit; impatient for gratification.

a sharp appetite

Sharpadjective

(obsolete) Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous.

Sharpadjective

Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty.

Sharpadjective

Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone; aspirated; unvoiced.

Sharpadverb

To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply.

Sharpadverb

(notcomp) Exactly.

I'll see you at twelve o'clock sharp.

Sharpadverb

(music) In a higher pitch than is correct or desirable.

I didn't enjoy the concert much because the tenor kept going sharp on the high notes.

Sharpnoun

(music) The symbol ♯, placed after the name of a note in the key signature or before a note on the staff to indicate that the note is to be played a semitone higher.

The pitch pipe sounded out a perfect F♯ (F sharp).Transposition frequently is harder to read because of all the sharps and flats on the staff.

Sharpnoun

(music) A note that is played a semitone higher than usual; denoted by the name of the note that is followed by the symbol ♯.

Sharpnoun

(music) A note that is sharp in a particular key.

The piece was difficult to read after it had been transposed, since in the new key many notes were sharps.

Sharpnoun

(music) The scale having a particular sharp note as its tonic.

Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" is written in C♯ minor (C sharp minor.)

Sharpnoun

Something that is sharp.

Place sharps in the specially marked red container for safe disposal.

Sharpnoun

A sharp tool or weapon.

Sharpnoun

(medicine) A hypodermic syringe.

Sharpnoun

A scalpel or other edged instrument used in surgery.

Sharpnoun

A dishonest person; a cheater.

The casino kept in the break room a set of pictures of known sharps for the bouncers to see.This usage is often classified as variant spelling of shark, and unrelated to the 'pointed' or 'cutting' meanings of sharp.

Sharpnoun

Part of a stream where the water runs very rapidly.

Sharpnoun

A sewing needle with a very slender point, more pointed than a blunt or a between.

Sharpnoun

(in the plural) Fine particles of husk mixed with coarse particle of flour of cereals; middlings.

Sharpnoun

An expert.

Sharpnoun

A sharpie (member of Australian gangs of the 1960s and 1970s).

Sharpverb

(music) To raise the pitch of a note half a step making a natural note a sharp.

That new musician must be tone deaf: he sharped half the notes of the song!

Sharpverb

To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper.

Sharpverb

To sharpen.

Sharpnoun

a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named

Sharpnoun

a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point

Sharpadjective

(of something seen or heard) clearly defined;

a sharp photographic imagethe sharp crack of a twigthe crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot

Sharpadjective

ending in a sharp point

Sharpadjective

having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions;

an acute observer of politics and politiciansincisive commentsicy knifelike reasoningas sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fangpenetrating insightfrequent penetrative observations

Sharpadjective

marked by practical hardheaded intelligence;

a smart businessmanan astute tenant always reads the small print in a leasehe was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow

Sharpadjective

harsh;

sharp criticisma sharp-worded exchangea tart remark

Sharpadjective

high-pitched and sharp;

piercing screamsa shrill whistle

Sharpadjective

extremely steep;

an abrupt canyonthe precipitous rapids of the upper riverthe precipitous hills of Chinese paintingsa sharp drop

Sharpadjective

keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point;

a sharp painsharp winds

Sharpadjective

very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation;

an incisive minda keen intelligenceof sharp and active intellect

Sharpadjective

having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing;

a sharp knifea pencil with a sharp point

Sharpadjective

sour or bitter in taste

Sharpadjective

raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone;

C sharpB natural

Sharpadjective

very sudden and in great amount or degree;

a sharp drop in the stock market

Sharpadjective

quick and forceful;

a sharp blow

Sharpadverb

changing suddenly in direction and degree;

the road twists sharply after the lightturn sharp left here