Meaning of BLANK in English


/ blæŋk; NAmE / adjective , noun , verb

■ adjective


empty, with nothing written, printed or recorded on it :

Sign your name in the blank space below.

a blank CD

Write on one side of the paper and leave the other side blank.

She turned to a blank page in her notebook.


( of a wall or screen ) empty; with no pictures, marks or decoration :

blank whitewashed walls

Suddenly the screen went blank .


showing no feeling, understanding or interest :

She stared at me with a blank expression on her face.

Steve looked blank and said he had no idea what I was talking about.

Suddenly my mind went blank (= I could not remember anything).


[ only before noun ] ( of negative things ) complete and total :

a blank refusal / denial

—see also point-blank

►  blank·ly adverb :

She stared blankly into space, not knowing what to say next.

►  blank·ness noun [ U ]

■ noun


[ C ] an empty space on a printed form or document for you to write answers, information, etc. in :

Please fill in the blanks .

If you can't answer the question, leave a blank.


[ sing. ] a state of not being able to remember anything :

My mind was a blank and I couldn't remember her name.


[ C ] (also ˌblank ˈcartridge ) a cartridge in a gun that contains an explosive but no bullet :

The troops fired blanks in the air.


see draw verb

■ verb


[ vn ] ( BrE , informal ) to ignore sb completely :

I saw her on the bus this morning, but she totally blanked me.


[ v ] ( NAmE ) to be suddenly unable to remember or think of sth :

I knew the answer, but I totally blanked during the test.


- blank out

- blank sth out



Middle English (in the sense white, colourless ): from Old French blanc white, ultimately of Germanic origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.