Definitions for obtuseəbˈtus, -ˈtyus

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ob•tuseəbˈtus, -ˈtyus(adj.)

  1. not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; insensitive; dull.

  2. not sharp, acute, or pointed; blunt.

  3. (of a leaf, petal, etc.) rounded at the extremity.

    Category: Botany

  4. indistinctly felt or perceived, as pain or sound.

Origin of obtuse:

1500–10; < L obtūsus blunt; see obtund


Princeton's WordNet

  1. obtuse(adj)

    of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees

  2. obtuse(adj)

    (of a leaf shape) rounded at the apex

  3. obtuse, purblind(adj)

    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

  4. 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"


  1. obtuse(Adjective)

    Blunt; not sharp.

  2. obtuse(Adjective)

    Intellectually dull or dim-witted.

  3. obtuse(Adjective)

    Indirect or circuitous.

  4. obtuse(Adjective)

    Of sound: deadened or muffled.

  5. obtuse(Adjective)

    Of an angle: greater than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees.

  6. obtuse(Adjective)

    Of a triangle: with one obtuse angle.

  7. Origin: From obtusus, past participle of obtundere, from + .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obtuse

    not pointed or acute; blunt; -- applied esp. to angles greater than a right angle, or containing more than ninety degrees

  2. Obtuse

    not having acute sensibility or perceptions; dull; stupid; as, obtuse senses

  3. Obtuse

    dull; deadened; as, obtuse sound

Anagrams of obtuse

  1. buteos

Translations for obtuse

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(of an angle) greater than a right-angle.

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