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bluff

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adjective \ˈbləf\

Definition of bluff

  1. 1a :  having a broad flattened front a ship with bluff bowsb :  rising steeply with a broad flat or rounded front the bluff banks of the river

  2. 2 :  good-naturedly frank and outspoken a bluff, easygoing fellow

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

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 stood on the bluffs overlooking the ocean

Origin and Etymology of bluff

see 1bluff


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bluff

verb

Definition of bluff

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to deter or frighten by pretense or a mere show of strength bluffed them into surrenderingb :  deceive bluff her way in without a ticketc :  feign The catcher bluffed a throw to first.

  3. 2 card games :  to deceive (an opponent) by a bold bet on an inferior hand was bluffed out of a winning hand

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to bluff someone :  act deceptively You can tell when he is bluffing.

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


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bluff

noun

Definition of bluff

  1. 1a :  a false threat or claim intended to deter or deceive someone :  an act or instance of bluffing (see 3bluff) Having … nothing to support his pretensions he decided to put up a bluff. — Sherwood Anderson His boss called his bluff.b :  the practice of bluffing The agreement had been reached, after weeks of bluff and haggle … — Time

  2. 2 :  one who bluffs

Origin and Etymology of bluff

see 3bluff


Bluff

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geographical name \ˈbləf\

Definition of Bluff

  1. town in southern New Zealand Bluff serves as the port for the city of Invercargill.



BLUFF Defined for English Language Learners

bluff

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adjective

Definition of bluff for English Language Learners

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

bluff

verb

Definition of bluff for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


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

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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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