good-naturedly direct, blunt, or frank; heartily outspoken: a big, bluff, generous man.
presenting a bold and nearly perpendicular front, as a coastline: a bluff, precipitous headland.
Nautical. (of the bow of a vessel) having a full, blunt form.
a cliff, headland, or hill with a broad, steep face.
North Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Canadian Prairie Provinces. a clump or grove of trees on a prairie or other generally treeless area.
- bluffly, adverb
- bluffness, noun
Other definitions for bluff (2 of 2)
to mislead by a display of strength, self-confidence, or the like: He bluffed me into believing that he was a doctor.
to gain by bluffing: He bluffed his way into the job.
Poker, Bridge. to deceive by a show of confidence in the strength of one's cards.
to mislead someone by presenting a bold, strong, or self-confident front: That open face makes it impossible for him to bluff.
an act or instance or the practice of bluffing: Her pathetic story was all a bluff to get money from us.His assertive manner is mostly bluff.
a person who bluffs; bluffer: That big bluff doesn't have a nickel to his name.
- bluff·a·ble, adjective
- bluff·er, noun
- un·bluff·a·ble, adjective
- un·bluffed, adjective
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How to use bluff in a sentence
The bluff has happened so many times and it still hasn’t been banned that I now don’t think it’s going to happen.‘Ignore all of the politics’: Confessions of a DTC exec on the continued uncertainty of TikTok | Kristina Monllos | October 2, 2020 | Digiday
The house is balanced on a granite bluff, looking out to sea.The Fungal Evangelist Who Would Save the Bees - Issue 90: Something Green | Merlin Sheldrake | September 23, 2020 | Nautilus
Blakeslee was inspired by publications of an archaeologist who excavated at the same bluff site more than 60 years ago and suspected it had been a central part of Etzanoa.Drones find signs of a Native American ‘Great Settlement’ beneath a Kansas pasture | Bruce Bower | September 10, 2020 | Science News
Hike the two-mile Headland Trail to the top of a bluff overlooking the Zuni Mountains and the volcanic craters of El Malpais National Monument.
In a recent test of bluffing in poker, computer face recognition failed miserably.The Deck Is Not Rigged: Poker and the Limits of AI | Maria Konnikova | August 7, 2020 | Singularity Hub
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 | THE 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.The Price of Being a Patton: Wrestling With the Legacy of America’s Most Famous General | Tim Teeman | May 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Mr. Pickwick, I thank you most heartily for all your kindness to my son,” said old Mr. Winkle, in a bluff straightforward way.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
At the offer of a smaller sum the Count would possibly bluff.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
There is also a conspicuous high bluff on the principal island, which appears to have been seen by the French.
By and by, a straggling birch bluff rose blackly across their way, but nobody swung wide.Winston of the Prairie | Harold Bindloss
It is situated in a wonderfully picturesque position, on a rocky bluff overlooking the River Wye.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
British Dictionary definitions for bluff (1 of 2)
to pretend to be confident about an uncertain issue or to have undisclosed resources, in order to influence or deter (someone)
deliberate deception intended to create the impression of a stronger position or greater resources than one actually has
call someone's bluff to challenge someone to give proof of his claims
- bluffer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for bluff (2 of 2)
a steep promontory, bank, or cliff, esp one formed by river erosion on the outside bend of a meander
Canadian a clump of trees on the prairie; copse
good-naturedly frank and hearty
(of a bank, cliff, etc) presenting a steep broad face
- bluffly, adverb
- bluffness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with bluff
see call someone's bluff.
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