Definition of bluff
(Entry 1 of 4)
1a : having a broad flattened front a ship with bluff bows
b : rising steeply with a broad flat or rounded front the bluff banks of the river
2 : good-naturedly frank and outspoken a bluff, easygoing fellow
Definition of bluff (Entry 2 of 4)
bluffed; bluffing; bluffs
Definition of bluff (Entry 3 of 4)
1a : to deter or frighten by pretense or a mere show of strength bluffed them into surrendering
b : deceive bluff her way in without a ticket
c : feign The catcher bluffed a throw to first.
2 card games : to deceive (an opponent) by a bold bet on an inferior hand was bluffed out of a winning hand
: to bluff someone : act deceptively You can tell when he is bluffing.
Definition of bluff (Entry 4 of 4)
1a : a false threat or claim intended to deter or deceive someone : an act or instance of bluffing (see bluff entry 3) 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 : one who bluffs
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