Definitions of obtuse

  1. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; " a boring evening with uninteresting people"; " the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; " a dull play"; " his competent but dull performance"; " a ho- hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; " what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; " tedious days on the train"; " the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; " other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"
  2. 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
  3. of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees
  4. Not having acute sensibility or perceptions; dull; stupid; as, obtuse senses.
  5. Dull; deadened; as, obtuse sound.
  6. Obtuseness.
  7. Not pointed or acute; blunt; - applied esp. to angles greater than a right angle, or containing more than ninety degrees.
  8. Not pointed or acute; as, an obtuse angle; greater than a right angle; blunt; dull; stupid.
  9. Obtusely.
  10. 1. Dull in intellect, of slow understanding. 2. Blunt, not acute.
  11. Blunt: not pointed: stupid: not shrill: ( geom.) greater than a right angle.
  12. Blunt; not pointed; greater than a right angle; stupid.
  13. Greater than a right angle; rounded; dull; stupid; insensible.
  14. Blunt; not pointed or acute; denoting an angle larger than a right angle; dull; not sharp. Obtuse- angled, having obtuse angle. See Obtund.
  15. Not pointed or acute; being greater than a right angle, or one of 90°; dull; stupid; in bot., with a rounded or blunt termination.

Usage examples for obtuse

  1. We ourselves, by the laborious cultivation of virtue, gradually modify the response of our will to certain suggestions, making it more sensitive to right impulses, more obtuse to evil impulses. – The Faith of the Millions (2nd series) by George Tyrrell
  2. Directly across from them at a table which formed a wide obtuse angle with theirs were four girls. – Marjorie Dean College Freshman by Pauline Lester
  3. No, anger makes obtuse that, no doubt, was Lady Henry's case. – Lady Rose's Daughter by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  4. It would almost seem that in the case of a person so obtuse as Wang Ho is, more direct means would have to be employed." – Kai Lung's Golden Hours by Ernest Bramah Commentator: Hilaire Belloc
  5. Finally, finding the envoys either obstinate or obtuse Mr. X exclaimed, " Gentlemen, you do not speak to the point. – Union and Democracy by Allen Johnson
  6. It is needless to continue the tale; the reader cannot be so obtuse as not to notice the moral of it. – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck
  7. I see now that you are obtuse that and nothing more. – Major Vigoureux by A. T. Quiller-Couch
  8. I'm sorry I'm so obtuse but at least I can learn. – The Heart of Una Sackville by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  9. He was nervous on his own account, wrapt in his own piece of scheming, and obtuse – When Love Calls by Stanley J. Weyman
  10. Mr. Longstaff,- you must forgive me- if I say- that of all the gentlemen- I have ever met in this country or in any other- you are the- most obtuse – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  11. The pileus is fleshy, convex, then expanded, obtuse not shining, deep red, becoming pale in age, often whitish at the center, silky, in age the surface cracking, the margin blunt and not striate. – Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc. by George Francis Atkinson
  12. A saddle is placed upon his upper deck, a sort of saw- horse, and the lower legs stretch at an angle sufficiently obtuse to encompass his breadth of beam. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  13. Maud is awfully obtuse continued Sybil, glad of a listener; " she never saw. – Leonore Stubbs by L. B. Walford
  14. Corder was one of those obtuse youths who can never take in more than one idea at a time. – The Cock-House at Fellsgarth by Talbot Baines Reed
  15. A supply of paper points should always be at hand, and after selecting one of the proper size for the specimen, with an acute tip for a very small specimen and with a more obtuse point for a larger one, a small quantity of glue is applied to the tip by means of a pointed stick, such as a toothpick, the amount varying with the size of the specimen. – Directions for Collecting and Preserving Insects by C. V. Riley
  16. I have not, overlooked the distinction taken by the reverend gentleman; though, I confess that, to a mind no less obtuse than my own, it is very little better than " a distinction without a difference." – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  17. No doubt we're just as obtuse about a lot of things that will be just as simple and just as plain when their meaning is finally driven home." – Mystery Ranch by Arthur Chapman
  18. Anything but obtuse she at once decided to take instant measures for her own protection. – Trial-of-Mary-Blandy by Roughead, William
  19. A man must be very careless or very obtuse if he does not perceive that the classes are preparing to drive the workers back from the positions they now hold. – Britain for the British by Robert Blatchford