verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of bluff2
Synonyms for bluff
Related Words for bluffingpretend, delude, fool, lie, humbug, shuck, sham, feign, snow, trick, beguile, mislead, simulate, fake, affect, juggle, counterfeit, betray, defraud, con
Examples from the Web for bluffing
Contemporary Examples of bluffing
Nor would the dangers end there even if Obama were not bluffing; Putin might think he was bluffing anyway and start a war.Obama Must Show He’ll Use Military Means to Deter Russia in Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
March 30, 2014
As menacing as those automatic rifles were, I felt the Somalis were bluffing.‘You Have 30 Seconds’: The Real Captain Phillips’s Gripping Memoir
Captain Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty
October 11, 2013
Even a bluffing superpower can be forced to ante up ... or perhaps fold as casualties mount and treasury accounts go bust.War Is the New Peace: American Vets Reflect on Syria
John Kael Weston
September 10, 2013
It may sound absurd at first flush, but politics and poker have a lot more than just bluffing in common.What Politicians Can Learn at the World Series of Poker
July 13, 2013
Jonathan Chait thinks Speaker Boehner is bluffing on allowing the sequestration to take place.What's Boehner's Plan, Ctd?
January 7, 2013
Historical Examples of bluffing
You fancy a chap's bluffing when he's doing nothing of the sort.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
I think he saw that I meant exactly what I said—and I was not bluffing.The Death-Traps of FX-31
Sewell Peaslee Wright
They got somebody, or else they were only bluffing when they waved that scalp.Warrior Gap
Not bluffing exactly, either, because they'll go through with it as long as they last.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
Come right on to the shore, then, and don't try any bluffing.The Grammar School Boys Snowbound
H. Irving Hancock
Word Origin for bluff
Word Origin for bluff
1845, in the poker sense, verbal noun from bluff (v.).
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.