Definitions for obtuseəbˈtus, -ˈtyus
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; insensitive; dull.
not sharp, acute, or pointed; blunt.
(of a leaf, petal, etc.) rounded at the extremity.
indistinctly felt or perceived, as pain or sound.
Origin of obtuse:
1500–10; < L obtūsus blunt; see obtund
of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees
(of a leaf shape) rounded at the apex
lacking in insight or discernment
"too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior"; "a purblind oligarchy that flatly refused to see that history was condemning it to the dustbin"- Jasper Griffin
dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow(adj)
slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
"so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students"
Blunt; not sharp.
Intellectually dull or dim-witted.
Indirect or circuitous.
Of sound: deadened or muffled.
Of an angle: greater than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees.
Of a triangle: with one obtuse angle.
Origin: From obtusus, past participle of obtundere, from + .
not pointed or acute; blunt; -- applied esp. to angles greater than a right angle, or containing more than ninety degrees
not having acute sensibility or perceptions; dull; stupid; as, obtuse senses
dull; deadened; as, obtuse sound
Translations for obtuse
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(of an angle) greater than a right-angle.
- stomp, stoetsAfrikaans
- مُنْفَرِج الزاويَهArabic
- тъп ъгълBulgarian
- obtusoPortuguese (BR)
- αμβλύς (για γωνία)Greek
- منفرجه؛ بازFarsi
- זָווִית קֵהָהHebrew
- plats (leņķis)Latvian
- stump (vinkel)Norwegian
- منفرجه؛ بازPersian
- تر نوى درجى زياتهPashto
- tup ugaoSerbian
- geniş açıTurkish
- 鈍角的，圓頭的Chinese (Trad.)
- زاويۂ قائمہ يا منفرجہ سے بڑا زاويہUrdu
- tù (góc)Vietnamese
- 钝角的，圆头的Chinese (Simp.)
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