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bluff

See also: Bluff

EnglishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Dutch bluffen (brag) or bluf (bragging).

NounEdit

bluff (plural bluffs)

  1. An act of bluffing; an expression of self-confidence for the purpose of intimidation; braggadocio.
    That is only bluff, or a bluff.
  2. (poker) An attempt to represent yourself as holding a stronger hand than you do.
    John's bet was a bluff: he bet without even so much as a pair.
  3. (US, dated) The card game poker.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bartlett to this entry?)
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VerbEdit

bluff (third-person singular simple present bluffs, present participle bluffing, simple past and past participle bluffed)

  1. To make a bluff.
    John bluffed by betting without even a pair.
  2. To frighten or deter with a false show of strength or confidence.
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Etymology 2Edit

Related to Middle Low German blaff, "smooth".

NounEdit

bluff (plural bluffs)

  1. A high, steep bank, as by a river or the sea, or beside a ravine or plain; a cliff with a broad face.
  2. (Canadian Prairies) A small wood or stand of trees, typically poplar or willow.
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AdjectiveEdit

bluff (comparative bluffer, superlative bluffest)

  1. Having a broad, flattened front.
    the bluff bows of a ship
  2. Rising steeply with a flat or rounded front.
    • Falconer
      a bluff or bold shore
    • Judd
      Its banks, if not really steep, had a bluff and precipitous aspect.
  3. Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
  4. Abrupt; roughly frank; unceremonious; blunt; brusque.
    a bluff answer; a bluff manner of talking; a bluff sea captain
    • I. Taylor
      There is indeed a bluff pertinacity which is a proper defence in a moment of surprise.
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ReferencesEdit

  • “bluff” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.

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DanishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from English bluff.

NounEdit

bluff n

  1. bluff

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from English bluff.

NounEdit

bluff m (plural bluffs)

  1. (chiefly card games) bluff

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SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from English bluff.

NounEdit

bluff c

  1. a bluff

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