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bluff

adjective

Synonym Discussion of bluff

bluff, blunt, brusque, curt, crusty, gruff mean abrupt and unceremonious in speech and manner. bluff connotes good-natured outspokenness and unconventionality.
    • a bluff manner
blunt suggests directness of expression in disregard of others' feelings.
    • a blunt appraisal
brusque applies to a sharpness or ungraciousness.
    • a brusque response
curt implies disconcerting shortness or rude conciseness.
    • a curt command
crusty suggests a harsh or surly manner sometimes concealing an inner kindliness.
    • a crusty exterior
gruff suggests a hoarse or husky speech which may imply bad temper but more often implies embarrassment or shyness.
    • puts on a gruff pose

bluff

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of bluff

  1. a steep wall of rock, earth, or ice fossils embedded in a stone bluff that date from the Jurassic period Synonyms of bluff barranca (also barranco), cliff, crag, escarpment, palisade, precipice, scar, scarpWords Related to bluff butte, cuesta, hogback, tor; bulwark, embankment; declivity, drop-off, pitch


bluff

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of bluff

  1. 1 to cause to believe what is untrue I bluffed the interviewer into believing that I could really speak French and thus would be the perfect person to serve in the newspaper's Paris bureau Synonyms of bluff bamboozle, beguile, deceive, buffalo, burn, catch, con, cozen, delude, dupe, fake out, fool, gaff, gammon, gull, have, have on [chiefly British], hoax, hoodwink, hornswoggle, humbug, juggle, misguide, misinform, mislead, snooker, snow, spoof, string along, sucker, suck in, take in, trickWords Related to bluff kid, put on, tease; bleed, cheat, chisel, defraud, diddle, euchre, flam, fleece, gyp, hustle, mulct, rook, shortchange, skin, squeeze, stick, sting, swindleNear Antonyms of bluff debunk, expose, reveal, show up, uncloak, uncover, unmask; disclose, divulge, tell, unveil; disabuse, disenchant, disillusionAntonyms of bluff undeceive

  2. 2 to present a false appearance of the basketball player bluffed a shot, then passed instead Synonyms of bluff act, affect, assume, feign, counterfeit, dissemble, fake, pass (for), pretend, profess, put on, sham, simulateWords Related to bluff dissimulate, impersonate, let on, masquerade, play, playact, pose; forge, imitate; camouflage, conceal, disguise, mask; feint; malinger



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