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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Georges Bataille:

    Sanity is the lot of those who are most obtuse, for lucidity destroys one's equilibrium: it is unhealthy to honestly endure the labors of the mind which incessantly contradict what they have just established.

  2. Alfred Jarry:

    It is because the public are a mass -- inert, obtuse, and passive -- that they need to be shaken up from time to time so that we can tell from their bear-like grunts where they are -- and also where they stand. They are pretty harmless, in spite of their numbers, because they are fighting against intelligence.

  3. Denis Diderot:

    The following general definition of an animal: a system of different organic molecules that have combined with one another, under the impulsion of a sensation similar to an obtuse and muffled sense of touch given to them by the creator of matter as a whole, until each one of them has found the most suitable position for its shape and comfort.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Insight is an ability to gain uncommon, accurate and deep understanding into something or a situation which will eventually lead to problem solving or conflict resolution. However, irrespective of anybody's riches, affluence, pomp, intelligence or personality, without insight he or she is like the beasts that perish (Psalms 49 : 20). Now, that is to say evidently, right inside every genuine successful man or woman lies an insight. In other words, any meaningful and positive legacy or impact is traceable to insight. So, I ask? Are you insightful or unperceptive? Anyway, you should be and remain insightful and not at all obtuse. Therefore, quest for insight and showcase it in all you do.

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