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

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 Lincoln-Way Central freshman Lisabella Dimitrijevic has a real poker face when she’s in the pitching circle. Tony Baranek, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 While the city is doing its best to keep a poker face, Bally’s CEO Soo Kim landed at Midway Airport Wednesday afternoon for a meeting with Mayor Lori Lightfoot to ostensibly finalize her choice as Chicago’s casino. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 4 May 2022 Jackson carried that gentle poker face into Tuesday, a grueling 13-hour session where Republicans berated her with racist claims and insulting questions. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Mar. 2022 In a recent video, Teixidor talks about maintaining a poker face during a crisis, only to erupt in tears once everything has settled down. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Mar. 2022 Right before Beckham signed with the Rams, head coach Sean McVay couldn’t keep a poker face during his press conference and grinned the entire way. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 5 Feb. 2022 In future years, Elizabeth would be mocked and savaged for her poker face, so unrevealing compared with her daughter-in-law Diana, who showed every nuance of emotion. Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2022 Barty, known for her poker face, was emotional after the victory. Claire Zillman, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2022 What about current employees who have no obvious red flags in their background, and a good poker face? Chuck Everette, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

19 May 2022

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“Poker face.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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