Obtusely



[uh b-toos, -tyoos] /əbˈtus, -ˈtyus/

adjective
1.
not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull.
2.
not sharp, acute, or pointed; blunt in form.
3.
(of a leaf, petal, etc.) rounded at the extremity.
4.
indistinctly felt or perceived, as pain or sound.
/əbˈtjuːs/
adjective
1.
mentally slow or emotionally insensitive
2.
(maths)

3.
not sharp or pointed
4.
indistinctly felt, heard, etc; dull: obtuse pain
5.
(of a leaf or similar flat part) having a rounded or blunt tip
adj.

early 15c., “dull, blunted,” from Middle French obtus (fem. obtuse), from Latin obtusus “blunted, dull,” also used figuratively, past participle of obtundere “to beat against, make dull,” from ob “against” (see ob-) + tundere “to beat,” from PIE *(s)tud-e- “to beat, strike, push, thrust,” from root *(s)teu- “to push, stick, knock, beat” (cf. Latin tudes “hammer,” Sanskrit tudati “he thrusts”). Sense of “stupid” is first found c.1500. Related: Obtusely; obtuseness.

obtuse ob·tuse (ŏb-tōōs’, -tyōōs’, əb-)
adj.

ob·tuse’ness n.

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