poker face

plural poker faces

Definition of poker face

: an inscrutable face that reveals no hint of a person's thoughts or feelings Wright has a terrific poker face—I could see how he was able to keep things a secret right up through publication.— Lawrence Weschler Work is fun. I can lose myself in it, I laugh a lot, I feel like I'm very much myself here; there's no poker face.— Jerry Useem especially : one used strategically during a poker game … a good "poker face" is considered a prerequisite for a successful gambling career. — Sarah Ferguson Fifteen-year-old Matthew Siegel says learning to keep a poker face while playing Texas Hold 'em with his grandfather… has served him well at school. The Wall Street Journal

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Other Words from poker face

poker-faced \ ˈpō-​kər-​ˌfāst How to pronounce poker face (audio) \ adjective
… the jurors, uniformly poker-faced through-out the proceedings, were giving no indication of whether they accepted that characterization. — Lawrence Weschler

Examples of poker face in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The stunned stillness in the actors’ eyes no longer seems like Wes Andersonian poker face but the result of a barrage of terrible blows. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "Ben Sharrock’s Limbo Is Halfway to Heaven," 1 May 2021 Kimbrough, the mission's commander, quipped that Hoshide had the worst poker face out of the entire crew. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, "Astronauts arrive in Florida for NASA-SpaceX launch: Meet the crew heading to the ISS," 16 Apr. 2021 Baron appeared startled but quickly regained his poker face, Miller recalled. Washington Post, "Marty Baron, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump and the eight years that reshaped The Washington Post — and journalism," 28 Feb. 2021 That might have been how Pierce developed a poker face. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: With power or without, San Antonian's inventory of his African American book collection goes on," 20 Feb. 2021 Awkwafina is getting her poker face ready for her next feature film. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Awkwafina to Star in 'The Baccarat Machine' About World's Greatest Female Gambler," 12 Feb. 2020 Tasked with tricking his mother by hiding her diagnosis and pretending everything will be fine, Ma expertly wields a feeble poker face on the brink of breaking down at any time. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Forget the Oscars! Our favorite movie performances of 2019," 7 Feb. 2020 True to both of their brands, O’Donnell dealt out the facts with a poker face, while King processed the news emotionally, trying to reconcile her friendship with Rose with the allegations. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "'We Are Right Down the Middle.' CBS Evening News Anchor Norah O'Donnell on Reporting in the Trump Era," 30 Jan. 2020 But despite the poker face and careful wording, Preller and Green were not on the same page … and haven’t been for a while. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Blame for failed Andy Green run shared by Preller, Padres front office," 21 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of poker face

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poker face

poker entry 2; from the poker player's need to conceal emotions during play

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The first known use of poker face was in 1874

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7 May 2021

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“Poker face.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of poker face

: an expression on your face that does not show your thoughts or feelings

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