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Meaning of BLUFF

Pronunciation:  bluf

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards
  2. [n]  pretense that your position is stronger than it really is; "his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted"
  3. [n]  a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)
  4. [adj]  bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured; "a bluff but pleasant manner"; "a bluff and rugged natural leader"
  5. [adj]  very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front; "a bluff headland"; "where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise"; "a sheer descent of rock"
  6. [v]  frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
  7. [v]  deceive an opponent in a card game by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand

BLUFF is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bluff out, bold, direct, four flush, sheer, steep
 See Also: affright, bank, deceit, deception, dissembling, dissembling, dissimulation, feigning, fright, frighten, go, move, pretence, pretense, scare



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bluff\, a. [Cf. OD. blaf flat, broad, blaffaert one with
    a broad face, also, a boaster; or G. verbl["u]ffen to
    confuse, LG. bluffen to frighten; to unknown origin.]
    1. Having a broad, flattened front; as, the bluff bows of a
       ship. ``Bluff visages.'' --Irving.
    2. Rising steeply with a flat or rounded front. ``A bluff or
       bold shore.'' --Falconer.
             Its banks, if not really steep, had a bluff and
             precipitous aspect.                   --Judd.
    3. Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
    4. Abrupt; roughly frank; unceremonious; blunt; brusque; as,
       a bluff answer; a bluff manner of talking; a bluff sea
       captain. ``Bluff King Hal.'' --Sir W. Scott.
             There is indeed a bluff pertinacity which is a
             proper defense in a moment of surprise. --I. Taylor.
  2. \Bluff\, n.
    1. A high, steep bank, as by a river or the sea, or beside a
       ravine or plain; a cliff with a broad face.
             Beach, bluff, and wave, adieu.        --Whittier.
    2. An act of bluffing; an expression of self-confidence for
       the purpose of intimidation; braggadocio; as, that is only
       bluff, or a bluff.
    3. A game at cards; poker. [U.S.] --Bartlett.
  3. \Bluff\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bluffed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. (Poker) To deter (an opponent) from taking the risk of
       betting on his hand of cards, as the bluffer does by
       betting heavily on his own hand although it may be of less
       value. [U. S.]
    2. To frighten or deter from accomplishing a purpose by
       making a show of confidence in one's strength or
       resources; as, he bluffed me off. [Colloq.]
  4. \Bluff\, v. i.
    To act as in the game of bluff.
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