: having a broad flattened front
a ship with bluff bows
: rising steeply with a broad flat or rounded front
the bluff banks of the river
: good-naturedly frank and outspoken
a bluff, easygoing fellow
: a high steep bank : cliff
stood on the bluffs overlooking the ocean
: to deter or frighten by pretense or a mere show of strength
bluffed them into surrendering
bluff her way in without a ticket
The catcher bluffed a throw to first.
: 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.
: 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.
: the practice of bluffing
The agreement had been reached, after weeks of bluff and haggle … — Time
town in southern New Zealand
Bluff serves as the port for the city of Invercargill.