[ bruhnt ]
/ brʌnt /


the main force or impact, as of an attack or blow: His arm took the brunt of the blow.

Origin of brunt

1275–1325; Middle English; perhaps orig. sexual assault; akin to Old Norse brundr, German Brunft heat, ruttish state, Old English brunetha heat, itching; cognate with Old High German bronado. See burn1

Example sentences from the Web for brunt

British Dictionary definitions for brunt

/ (brʌnt) /


the main force or shock of a blow, attack, etc (esp in the phrase bear the brunt of)

Word Origin for brunt

C14: of unknown origin

Idioms and Phrases with brunt


see bear the brunt.