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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

bluffly

adverb

bluffness

noun

Examples of bluff in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology 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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

bluffer

noun

Examples of bluff in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

Rhymes with bluff

buff, chough, chuff, cuff, duff, fluff, gruff, guff, huff, luff, muff, puff, rough, ruff, scruff, scuff, slough, snuff, sough, stuff, tough, tuff


Bluff

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geographical name \ˈbləf\

Definition of Bluff

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





BLUFF Defined for Kids

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bluff

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adjective \ˈbləf\

Definition of bluff for Students

  1. 1 :  rising steeply with a broad front <a bluff shoreline>

  2. 2 :  frank and outspoken in a rough but good-natured way




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bluff

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noun

Definition of bluff for Students

  1. :  a high steep bank :  cliff




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bluff

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verb

Definition of bluff for Students

bluffed

bluffing

  1. :  to deceive or frighten by pretending to have more strength or confidence than is really true




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bluff

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noun

Definition of bluff for Students

  1. :  an act or instance of pretending to have more strength, confidence, or ability than is really true





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