bluntly
adverb see blunt I

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Bluntly — Blunt ly, adv. In a blunt manner; coarsely; plainly; abruptly; without delicacy, or the usual forms of civility. [1913 Webster] Sometimes after bluntly giving his opinions, he would quietly lay himself asleep until the end of their deliberations …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bluntly — (adv.) 1550s, stupidly, from BLUNT (Cf. blunt) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning directly is from 1570s …   Etymology dictionary

  • bluntly — blunt|ly [ blʌntli ] adverb speaking in a direct and honest way, even if this offends or upsets people: They just don t like you, he told me bluntly. to put it bluntly (=used when saying something honest that may offend people): To put it bluntly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bluntly — adverb speaking in a direct, honest way that sometimes upsets people: You ve drunk too much. she said bluntly. | to put it bluntly spoken: To put it bluntly, she s not up to the job …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bluntly — UK [ˈblʌntlɪ] / US adverb speaking in a direct and honest way, even if this offends or upsets people They just don t like you, he told me bluntly. to put it bluntly (= used when saying something honest that may offend people): To put it bluntly,… …   English dictionary

  • bluntly — blunt|ly [ˈblʌntli] adv speaking in a direct honest way that sometimes upsets people ▪ You re drunk, she said bluntly. ▪ To put it bluntly , she s not up to the job …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bluntly — adv. Bluntly is used with these verbs: ↑answer, ↑ask, ↑inform, ↑put, ↑reply, ↑say, ↑state, ↑tell, ↑warn …   Collocations dictionary

  • bluntly — blunt ► ADJECTIVE 1) lacking a sharp edge or point. 2) having a flat or rounded end. 3) uncompromisingly forthright in manner. ► VERB 1) make or become blunt. 2) weaken or reduce the force of. DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • bluntly — adverb in a blunt direct manner he spoke bluntly he stated his opinion flat out he was criticized roundly • Syn: ↑bluffly, ↑brusquely, ↑flat out, ↑roundly • Deriv …   Useful english dictionary

  • bluntly — See blunt. * * * …   Universalium

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