Definition of blurt in English:



  • Say (something) suddenly and without careful consideration.

    ‘she blurted out the truth’
    [with direct speech] ‘‘It wasn't my idea,’ Gordon blurted’
    • ‘Yet there I was in thick make-up and bad costumes, willingly standing on the stage and blurting my few lines.’
    • ‘I would much prefer people found the pain that lies beneath rather than blurt it out and have it paraded and advertised.’
    • ‘He blurts some knee-jerk retort about his music always being authentic and soulful then pauses and thinks about it a bit.’
    • ‘Once you start, it is essential that you don't just blurt it all out as this may sound like you are blaming him.’
    • ‘He memorises quotes from movies and blurts them out at inopportune moments.’
    • ‘Suddenly a thought occurred to his young mind and he blurted it out before thinking it properly through.’
    • ‘These are the days when I can't be bothered talking about the hassles, but am happier just blurting them out ‘silently’ on here.’
    • ‘I don't really think he meant to blurt it out that way, but he was nervous.’
    • ‘As soon as Leslie's name was blurted out on a TV programme, the newspapers piled in.’
    • ‘There's no more graceful way to say it, so I'll just blurt it out: What the hell is this?’
    • ‘Then they are like, talking late one night and Tammy blurts it out.’
    • ‘When describing his test debut he blurts it out.’
    • ‘You could tell he didn't think much of my work, though he was far too polite to blurt it out.’
    • ‘I had one such idea last night over dinner and I blurted it out straight away.’
    • ‘It was also in the back of my mind that my son might have had a few drinks one night, and blurted it out.’
    • ‘But it just won't do to get up on stage and thrash around, and cry, and blurt things out.’
    • ‘He blurts things out without even meaning it, yet, he doesn't apologize!’
    • ‘Daphne blurts the childlike word automatically, unthinking, and she rushes forward.’
    • ‘He blurts it out as though it were the most natural thing in the world.’
    • ‘She just sometimes blurts things out before she thinks, and I think we should try to forgive it and go on.’
    utter suddenly, exclaim, ejaculate, tell, babble, jabber, call out, cry out, burst out with, come out with
    divulge, disclose, reveal, betray, leak, let slip, let out, give away, give the game away, bring to light
    blab, gush, let on, spill the beans, spill one's guts, let the cat out of the bag, run off at the mouth, spout
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Late 16th century: probably imitative.