poker face


plural poker faces
: 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
poker-faced 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 All in a day’s work, Nikola Jokic dodged questions about his aggression against Rudy Gobert, exhibited gentle embarrassment at being called a genius by his coworkers, then referred to himself as a freak of nature with a complete poker face. Bennett Durando, The Denver Post, 15 May 2024 There was no poker face detected when the Rolling Stones announced that Lady Gaga will join them on a new song on their forthcoming album, Hackney Diamonds. Joey Nolfi,, 6 Sep. 2023 While Angel couldn’t contain her excitement, Julian kept more of a poker face. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2024 The almost wordless Belichick was the perfect poker face of the emergent Patriots movement that would dominate the once staid N.F.L. for nearly two decades. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for poker face 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poker face was in 1874

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Cite this Entry

“Poker face.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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