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I have a friend who just keeps "telling the truth", e.g when he thinks the joke you've just told is stupid, he will say so right after you've finished telling it, paying no respect to people's feelings.

How should I describe him ?

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It is defined as: characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; abrupt and often disconcertingly frank in speech

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+1 blunt and frank are good! – Jim Jun 3 '12 at 0:23
"I'm always frank and earnest with women. Uh, in New York I'm Frank, and Chicago I'm Ernest." (Sam Jackson as Mitch Henessey, The Long Kiss Goodnight) – MT_Head Jun 3 '12 at 20:22

Some might say he is direct or tactless or free with his opinions

others might say he just "calls'em like he sees'em" or that he holds nothing back

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I'll pick blunt , but your second statement was awesome as well , thanks ! – warl0ck Jun 3 '12 at 0:24

Your friend is uncouth and has no tact.

If this insensitive disposition seems rooted in immaturity, he might also be described as callow.

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Surely you mean callous, not callow! – tchrist Jun 3 '12 at 0:30
@tchrist: Actually, I meant callow, as in "juvenile; very immature." If a 15-year-old was being tactless, I might chalk it up to his youth and immaturity. (If it was a 35-year-old who should know better, then callous might be the better adjective). – J.R. Jun 3 '12 at 0:36

Mean, brutal, merciless, thoughtless, and heartless all come to mind. There is no virtue in being unkind.

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