Definition of bluff
- a ship with bluff bows
- the bluff banks of the river
- a bluff, easygoing fellow
he's a bluff but good-hearted teacher
First Known Use: 1627See Words from the same year
She says someone else has made her a higher offer, but I think she's bluffing.
Don't listen to his threats—he's just bluffing you.
I bluffed my way through the interview.
First Known Use: 1791See Words from the same year
bamboozle, beguile, buffalo, burn, catch, con, cozen, deceive, delude, dupe, fake out, fool, gaff, gull, have, hoax, hoodwink, humbug, juggle, misguide, misinform, mislead, snow, spoof, string along, take in, trick;
do a number on, lead one down the garden path (also lead one up the garden path), pull one's leg, pull the wool over one's eyes;
: 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)
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having a quality expressive of sadness
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