[blangk] adjective, blank·er, blank·est, noun, verb.


1. (of paper or other writing surface) having no marks; not written or
printed on: a blank sheet of paper.

2. not filled in, as a printed form: a blank check.

3. unrelieved or unbroken by ornament, opening, decoration, etc.: a blank

4. lacking some usual or completing feature: a blank roll of film.

5. (of a recording medium) containing no previously recorded information: a
blank videocassette; a blank floppy disk. Compare prerecorded.

6. void of interest, variety, results, etc.: She sometimes occupied her blank days
reading detective stories.

7. showing no attention, interest, or emotion: a blank expression on his face.

8. disconcerted; nonplussed; speechless: He looked blank when I asked him why
he applied for the job.

9. complete; utter; unmitigated: blank stupidity.

10. Archaic. white; pale; colorless.

11. a place where something is lacking; an empty space: a blank in one's

12. a space in a printed form, test, etc., to be filled in: Write your name in
the blank.

13. a printed form containing such spaces: Have you filled out one of these

14. a dash put in place of an omitted letter, series of letters, etc., especially
to avoid writing a word considered profane or obscene.

15. Metalworking. a piece of metal ready to be drawn, pressed, or machined
into a finished object.

16. Archery. the bull's-eye.

17. the object toward which anything is directed; aim; target.

18. blank cartridge.

verb (used with object)

19. to cross out or delete, especially in order to invalidate or void (usually followed by
out ): to blank out an entry.

20. Informal. to keep (an opponent) from scoring in a game.

21. Metalworking. to stamp or punch out of flat stock, as with a die.


22. draw a blank,
  • to fail in an attempt; be unsuccessful: We've drawn a blank in the investigation.
  • to fail to comprehend or be unable to recollect: He asked me their phone number and I drew a blank.

1300–50; Middle English (noun and adj.) < Anglo-French, French blanc (adj.) < Germanic; compare Old English blanca white horse, Old High German blanch bright, white

Related forms

blank·ness, noun.

empty, dumfounded, confused, astounded,pure, simple, unadulterated; perfect, absolute, unqualified, void, vacancy, emptiness; gap, lacuna, hiatus.