Definition of obtuse adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əbˈtjuːs//
; NAmE NAmE//əbˈtuːs//
(formal, disapproving)
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slow or unwilling to understand something Are you being deliberately obtuse? Perhaps I’m being obtuse, but what has all this got to do with me? He was either completely ignorant or being wilfully obtuse. She was the most obtuse person I’d ever met. Word Originlate Middle English (referring to something that is blunt): from Latin obtusus, past participle of obtundere ‘beat against’, from ob- ‘against’ + tundere ‘to beat’.
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