adjective, bluff·er, bluff·est.
Origin of bluff1
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of bluff2
Examples from the Web for bluff
Ten days later, when the dust had settled, MSF President Joanne Liu called their bluff.Why New York’s Ebola Case Will Hurt Infected Patients Everywhere|Abby Haglage|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is not easy work, but it calls the bluff of those who would say “we have to take scripture seriously.”
We end the tour on a bluff overlooking a mine in the distance.
He was bluff, inspirational to the men, a brilliant tactician.
On a bluff overlooking the sea, he pitched a tent and lived there for the next year in near total seclusion.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon|Robert Sam Anson|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Turning, Bluff and his chum started for the spot where the trail of the big moose was to be taken up.The Outdoor Chums in the Big Woods|Quincy Allen
The letter could be misunderstood, and I have so many envious enemies; but I felt that there was nothing else for it but bluff.Oscar Wilde, Volume 1 (of 2)|Frank Harris
“You leave that to me, private,” said the bluff sergeant, and he nodded his head as Gray went off upon his mission.Middy and Ensign|G. Manville Fenn
Bluff seems to be coming along rather slowly, dont you think?
You saw what happened to those other boys when they started to rush the door with that log battering-ram, didnt you, Bluff?
Word Origin for bluff
Word Origin for bluff
1839, American English, poker term, perhaps from Dutch bluffen "to brag, boast," or verbluffen "to baffle, mislead." An identical word meant "blindfold, hoodwink" in 1670s, but the sense evolution and connection are unclear; OED calls it "one of the numerous cant terms ... which arose between the Restoration and the reign of Queen Anne." Extended or figurative sense by 1854. Related: Bluffed; bluffing.
"broad, vertical cliff," 1680s, from bluff (adj.) "with a broad, flat front" (1620s), a sailors' word, probably from Dutch blaf "flat, broad." Apparently a North Sea nautical term for ships with flat vertical bows, later extended to landscape features.
1844 as an alternative name for poker; from bluff (v.). As "an act of bluffing" by 1864.
see call someone's bluff.