adjective \ˈbləf\

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

Full Definition of BLUFF

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



Definition of BLUFF

:  a high steep bank :  cliff

First Known Use of BLUFF


Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale



: 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

transitive verb
a :  to deter or frighten by pretense or a mere show of strength
b :  deceive
c :  feign <the catcher bluffed a throw to first>
:  to deceive (an opponent) in cards by a bold bet on an inferior hand
intransitive verb
:  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



Definition of BLUFF

a :  an act or instance of bluffing
b :  the practice of bluffing
:  one who bluffs

First Known Use of BLUFF



geographical name \ˈbləf\

Definition of BLUFF

town S New Zealand; port for Invercargill pop 2720


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