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 stratetically 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-faced (audio) \ adjective
… the jurors, uniformly poker-faced through-out the proceedings, were giving no indication of whether they accepted that characterization. — Lawrence Weschler

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Certainly, the mood was celebratory: even Wintour, known for her poker face at shows, cracked a smile. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Neon Wrap Dresses, Hot Pink Fanny Packs and Olympia's Fashion Debut. Inside Serena Williams' Fearless NYFW Show," 11 Sep. 2019 Witnessing enough scenes like these over 25 years of reviewing luxury hotels has finally caused my poker face to crack—compelling me to seek out places and spaces that consider the bigger picture and are less reckless in their natural rapacity. Juliet Kinsman, Condé Nast Traveler, "With 1.4 Billion People Traveling, It's Time to Rethink Tourism," 22 Aug. 2019 Now, the singer is also ready to shed her poker face on that romantic speculation for good, according to a source for Entertainment Tonight. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Flaunts New Beau to “Dispel” Rumors of Romance with Bradley Cooper," 1 Aug. 2019 Reuters/Vladimir Konstantinov One of the world’s best poker players doesn’t have a poker face. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "This bot could ruin online poker," 19 July 2019 Maintain a poker face, don't get emotional, and build up a thick skin. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How RHONY's Barbara Kavovit Shattered The Glass Ceiling Of The Construction Industry," 29 Jan. 2019 Despite her blatant denial, fans think that her poker face isn't convincing enough. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Masked Singer' Fans Aren't Buying Rumer Willis' Claim That She's NOT the Lion," 30 Jan. 2019 But while Kavanaugh’s poker face never broke down, his show of sureness on the matter did. Megan Angelo, Glamour, "The Kavanaugh Hearings, Day 4: 7 Unanswered Questions We Still Have About Brett Kavanaugh," 7 Sep. 2018 Tech savvy or not, this product is the perfect way to print your poker face. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "You'll Go "Gaga" Over This Camera!," 1 June 2011

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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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28 Sep 2019

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The first known use of poker face was in 1874

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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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