Definition of point-blank in English:


adverb & adjective

  • 1[as adjective] (of a shot, bullet, or other missile) fired from very close to its target.

    ‘the weapon was inaccurate beyond point-blank range’
    at very close range, at point-blank range, close up, close to
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    1. 1.1(of a statement or question) blunt and direct; without explanation or qualification.
      [as adjective] ‘this point-blank refusal to discuss the issue’
      [as adverb] ‘he refuses point-blank to be photographed or give interviews’


Late 16th century: probably from point + blank in the contemporaneous sense white spot in the center of a target.