bluff

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

bluff ‎(plural bluffs)

  1. An act of bluffing; a false expression of the strength of one's position in order to intimidate; braggadocio.
    That is only bluff, or a bluff.
  2. (poker) An attempt to represent oneself as holding a stronger hand than they actually 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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Verb[edit]

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

  1. ((poker) To make a bluff; to give the impression that one's hand is stronger than it is.
    John bluffed by betting without even a pair.
  2. (by analogy) To frighten or deter with a false show of strength or confidence; to give a false impression of strength or temerity in order to intimidate and gain some advantage.
    The government claims it will call an election if this bill does not pass. Is it truly ready to do so, or is it bluffing?
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Etymology 2[edit]

Related to Middle Low German blaff, "smooth".

Noun[edit]

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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Adjective[edit]

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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References[edit]

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

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Danish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English bluff.

Noun[edit]

bluff n

  1. bluff

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English bluff.

Noun[edit]

bluff m ‎(plural bluffs)

  1. (chiefly card games) bluff

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English bluff.

Noun[edit]

bluff c

  1. a bluff

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