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Dictionary Definition

bluff adj
1 very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front; "a bluff headland"; "where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise"; "a sheer descent of rock" [syn: bold, sheer]
2 bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured; "a bluff but pleasant manner"; "a bluff and rugged natural leader"


1 a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)
2 pretense that your position is stronger than it really is; "his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted"
3 the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards [syn: four flush]


1 deceive an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand [syn: bluff out]
2 frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is

User Contributed Dictionary




  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. An act of bluffing; an expression of self-confidence for the purpose of intimidation; braggadocio; as, that is only bluff, or a bluff.
  3. 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.


high, steep bank
  • Finnish: jyrkänne
act of bluffing
  • Finnish: harhautus, hämäys, bluffi, bluffaus
poker: attempt to represent yourself as holding a stronger hand than you do
  • Finnish: bluffi


  1. Having a broad, flattened front; as, the bluff bows of a ship.
  2. Rising steeply with a flat or rounded front.
  3. Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
  4. Abrupt; roughly frank; unceremonious; blunt; brusque; as, a bluff answer; a bluff manner of talking; a bluff sea captain.


having a broad, flattened front
  • Finnish: tylppä
rising steeply with a flat or rounded front
  • Finnish: jyrkkä
surly; churlish; gruff; rough
  • Finnish: jäyhä
abrupt; roughly frank; unceremonious; blunt; brusque
  • Finnish: jäyhä


  1. To make a bluff.
    John bluffed by betting without even a pair.


to make a bluff
  • Finnish: hämätä, bluffata

Extensive Definition

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See also

bluff in German: Bluff (Begriffsklärung)
bluff in French: Bluff (homonymie)
bluff in Dutch: Bluff
bluff in Russian: Блеф (фильм)

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