obtuse[äb to̵̅o̅s′, əb-; -tyo̵̅o̅s′]
- The definition of obtuse is something that isn’t sharp.
An example of obtuse is a child’s pair of scissors.
- 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.
- 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.
(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.