What does obtuse mean?

Definitions for obtuseəbˈtus, -ˈtyus

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word obtuse.

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

  4. Origin: [L. obtusus, p. p. of obtundere to blunt: cf. F. obtus. See Obtund.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obtuse

    ob-tūs′, adj. blunt: not pointed: (bot.) blunt or rounded at the point, as a leaf: stupid: not shrill: (geom.) greater than a right angle.—adjs. Obtuse′-ang′led, Obtuse′-ang′ular, having an angle greater than a right angle.—adv. Obtuse′ly.—ns. Obtuse′ness, Obtus′ity. [Fr.,—L. obtususobtundĕre, to blunt—ob, against, tundĕre, to beat.]

Editors Contribution

  1. obtuse

    気まぐれな、移り気な in Japanese.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obtuse in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obtuse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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