bluff

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[ bluhf ]
/ blʌf /

adjective, bluff·er, bluff·est.

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.

noun

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.

Origin of bluff

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1620–30; perhaps < Middle Low German blaff smooth, even, or < Middle Dutch blaf broad, flat
Related formsbluff·ly, adverbbluff·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See blunt.
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British Dictionary definitions for bluffer (1 of 2)

bluff

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/ (blʌf) /

verb

to pretend to be confident about an uncertain issue or to have undisclosed resources, in order to influence or deter (someone)

noun

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
Derived Formsbluffer, noun

Word Origin for bluff

C19: originally US poker-playing term, from Dutch bluffen to boast

British Dictionary definitions for bluffer (2 of 2)

bluff

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/ (blʌf) /

noun

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

adjective

good-naturedly frank and hearty
(of a bank, cliff, etc) presenting a steep broad face
Derived Formsbluffly, adverbbluffness, noun

Word Origin for bluff

C17 (in the sense: nearly perpendicular): perhaps from Middle Dutch blaf broad
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Idioms and Phrases with bluffer

bluff


see call someone's bluff.

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