- The definition of obtuse is someone who is slow to understand things.
An example of obtuse is someone who listens to a joke but doesn't understand the punchline.
- Obtuse is defined as a general and dull sensation.
An example of obtuse is pain that is throughout a part of the body.
- The definition of obtuse is something that isn’t sharp.
An example of obtuse is a child’s pair of scissors.
- not sharp or pointed; blunt
- greater than 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees: an obtuse angle
- slow to understand or perceive; dull or insensitive
- not producing a sharp impression; not acute: an obtuse pain
Origin of obtuseClassical Latin obtusus, blunted, dull, past participle of obtundere: see obtund
- a. Lacking quickness of perception or intellect.b. Characterized by a lack of intelligence or sensitivity: an obtuse remark.c. Not distinctly felt: an obtuse pain.
- a. Not sharp, pointed, or acute in form; blunt.b. Having an obtuse angle: an obtuse triangle.c. Botany Having a blunt or rounded tip: an obtuse leaf.
Origin of obtuseMiddle English from Old French from Latin obtūsus past participle of obtundere to blunt ; see obtund .
Usage Note: Obtuse is sometimes used where one might expect abstruse instead, but the Usage Panel is divided on the acceptability of these usages. In our 2009 survey, 55 percent of the Usage Panel rejected obtuse meaning “recondite,” as in The reader has to struggle through dense prose and obtuse references to modern philosophers. Some 52 percent rejected the word when used to mean “indirect or oblique” in the sentence Divorce is mentioned, and there are a few obtuse references to sex. By contrast, 56 percent accepted sentences in which obtuse was used to mean “hard to follow or understand” in the phrases obtuse instructions and obtuse explanation. Perhaps the use of the word as a sophisticated synonym of stupid makes these extended derogatory uses more tolerable than they otherwise might be.
(comparative obtuser or more obtuse, superlative obtusest or most obtuse)
obtuse - Computer Definition
- In mathematics, an angle greater than 90 degrees, but less than 180 degrees.
- A person who is slow to comprehend or understand, or who is dull or insensitive. We all know such people. See also abstruse.