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bluff

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adjective \ˈbləf\

Simple Definition of bluff

  • : having a very open, honest, and direct way of talking that is friendly but not always polite

Full Definition of bluff

  1. 1 a :  having a broad flattened front b :  rising steeply with a broad flat or rounded front

  2. 2 :  good-naturedly frank and outspoken

bluff·ly adverb
bluff·ness noun

Examples of bluff

  1. <he's a bluff but good-hearted teacher>



Origin of bluff

obsolete Dutch blaf flat; akin to Middle Low German blaff smooth


First Known Use: 1627

Synonym Discussion of bluff

bluff, blunt, brusque, curt, crusty, gruff mean abrupt and unceremonious in speech and manner. bluff connotes good-natured outspokenness and unconventionality <a bluff manner>. blunt suggests directness of expression in disregard of others' feelings <a blunt appraisal>. brusque applies to a sharpness or ungraciousness <a brusque response>. curt implies disconcerting shortness or rude conciseness <a curt command>. crusty suggests a harsh or surly manner sometimes concealing an inner kindliness <a crusty exterior>. gruff suggests a hoarse or husky speech which may imply bad temper but more often implies embarrassment or shyness <puts on a gruff pose>.

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bluff

noun

Definition of bluff

  1. :  a high steep bank :  cliff



1666

First Known Use of bluff

1666


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bluff

verb

Simple Definition of bluff

  • : to pretend that you will do something or that you know or have something in order to trick someone into doing what you want

  • : to pretend to do or make (something)

Full Definition of bluff

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to deter or frighten by pretense or a mere show of strength b :  deceive c :  feign <the catcher bluffed a throw to first>

  3. 2 :  to deceive (an opponent) in cards by a bold bet on an inferior hand

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to bluff someone :  act deceptively

bluff·er noun

Examples of bluff

  1. She says someone else has made her a higher offer, but I think she's bluffing.

  2. Don't listen to his threats—he's just bluffing you.

  3. I bluffed my way through the interview.



Origin of bluff

probably from Dutch bluffen to boast, play a kind of card game


First Known Use: 1791


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bluff

noun

Definition of bluff

  1. 1 a :  an act or instance of bluffing b :  the practice of bluffing

  2. 2 :  one who bluffs



1845

First Known Use of bluff

1845


Bluff

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geographical name \ˈbləf\

Definition of Bluff

  1. town S New Zealand; port for Invercargill pop 2720






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