obtuse

  • 1 Obtuse — Ob*tuse a. [Compar. {Obtuser}; superl. {Obtusest}.] [L. obtusus, p. p. of obtundere to blunt: cf. F. obtus. See {Obtund}.] 1. Not pointed or acute; blunt; applied esp. to angles greater than a right angle, or containing more than ninety degrees.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Obtuse — may refer to: Obtuse angle, an angle of between 90 and 180 degrees, Obtuse triangle, a triangle with an internal angle of between 90 and 180 degrees, leaf shape, Linguistic ambiguity, lacking sharpness or quickness of sensibility. This… …

    Wikipedia

  • 3 obtuse — [äb to͞os′, əbto͞os′; äbtyo͞os′, əbtyo͞os′] adj. [L obtusus, blunted, dull, pp. of obtundere: see OBTUND] 1. not sharp or pointed; blunt 2. greater than 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees [an obtuse angle]: see ANGLE1 3. slow to understand or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 obtuse — (adj.) early 15c., from M.Fr. obtus (fem. obtuse), from L. obtusus blunted, dull, pp. of obtundere to beat against, make dull, from ob against (see OB (Cf. ob )) + tundere to beat, from PIE * (s)tud e to beat, strike, push, thrust, fr …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 obtuse — [adj1] slow to understand dense, dopey*, dull*, dumb, imperceptive, insensitive, opaque, slow on uptake*, stolid, thick, uncomprehending, unintelligent; concept 402 Ant. bright, intelligent, quick, smart obtuse [adj2] blunt, not sharp round,… …

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  • 6 obtuse — I adjective asinine, blockish, blunt, blunt witted, callous, dense, doltish, dronish, dull, dull witted, hebes, idiotic, ignorant, imbecilic, imperceptive, impercipient, insensitive, lumpish, moronic, oafish, obtusus, opaque, phlegmatic, retusus …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 obtuse — *dull, blunt Analogous words: insensitive, Unsensible, anesthetic, impassible: stolid, phlegmatic, *impassive Antonyms: acute Contrasted words: *sharp, keen: sensitive, susceptible, open, exposed (see LIABLE) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 obtuse — ► ADJECTIVE 1) annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand. 2) (of an angle) more than 90° and less than 180°. 3) not sharp pointed or sharp edged; blunt. DERIVATIVES obtusely adverb obtuseness noun. ORIGIN Latin obtusus, from obtundere beat ag …

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  • 9 obtuse — [[t]əbtju͟ːs, AM tu͟ːs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is obtuse has difficulty understanding things, or makes no effort to understand them. [FORMAL] I ve really been very obtuse and stupid... I m a limited and obtuse clergyman while you re the… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 obtuse — adjective 1 slow to understand things, in a way that is annoying: an obtuse lout of a man | be obtuse (=pretend to not understand something): Is he being deliberately obtuse? 2 obtuse angle technical an angle between 90 and 180 degrees obtusely… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 obtuse — ● obtus, obtuse adjectif (latin obtusus) Qui manque de pénétration, de finesse ; borné : Une intelligence obtuse. Se dit d un angle géométrique dont l écart angulaire est compris strictement entre celui de l angle droit et celui de l angle plat.… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 12 obtuse — ob|tuse [ əb tus ] adjective 1. ) FORMAL someone who is obtuse does not understand explanations or situations quickly: I think he was being deliberately obtuse. 2. ) TECHNICAL an obtuse angle is between 90º and 180º …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 obtuse — adjective (obtuser; est) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin obtusus blunt, dull, from past participle of obtundere to beat against, blunt, from ob against + tundere to beat more at ob , contusion Date: 15th century 1. a. not pointed or acute ; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 obtuse — UK [əbˈtjuːs] / US [əbˈtus] adjective formal someone who is obtuse does not understand explanations or situations quickly I think he was being deliberately obtuse …

    English dictionary

  • 15 obtuse — adjective /əbˈtjuːs,əbˈtʃuːs,əbˈt(j)us,ɑbˈt(j)us/ a) Blunt; not sharp. b) Intellectually dull or dim witted. Syn: dense, dim, dim witted …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 obtuse — 1. Dull in intellect; of slow understanding. 2. Blunt; not acute. [see obtund] * * * ob·tuse äb t(y)üs, əb adj, ob·tus·er; est 1) lacking sharpness or quickness of sensibility or intellect 2) not pointed or acute <obtuse pain> …

    Medical dictionary

  • 17 obtuse — adj. Obtuse is used with these nouns: ↑angle …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 obtuse — ob|tuse [əbˈtju:s US ˈtu:s] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: obtusus blunt , from obtundere to beat against, make blunt ] slow to understand things, in a way that is annoying ▪ But why? said Charles, being deliberately obtuse.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 obtuse — [16] The etymological meaning of obtuse is ‘beaten down, blunted’. It comes from Latin obtūsus, the past participle of obtundere, a compound verb formed from the prefix ob ‘against’ and tundere ‘beat’ (source of English contusion and related to… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 obtuse — adjective he frustrated his teachers by pretending to be obtuse Syn: stupid, slow witted, slow, dull witted, unintelligent, ignorant, simpleminded, witless; insensitive, imperceptive, uncomprehending; informal dim, dimwitted, dense, dumb, slow on …

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