- The definition of bluff refers to the act of pretending something that is not true or a very steep, broad-faced cliff next to the ocean or a river.
- An example of a bluff is when someone playing poker pretends he has a full house even when he doesn't have a good hand.
- An example of a bluff is the steep-sided hills along the banks of the Missouri River in Council Bluffs Iowa.
- To bluff is to pretend something that is not true.
An example of bluff is when you bet big in a card game to fool people into thinking you have a better hand than you do.
Bluffs by the ocean.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to mislead or seek to mislead (a person) by a false, bold front
- to frighten (a person) by threats not intended to be carried out
- to manage to get (one's way) by bluffing
- Poker to try to mislead (other players) by betting on one's hand when one knows or believes it is not the best hand
Origin: 17th circa : probably ; from Dutch bluffen, to brag, boast or verbluffen, to baffle, mislead
- the act or practice of bluffing
- a person who bluffsalso bluffer
- having, or ascending steeply with, a broad, flat front
- having a rough and frank but affable manner
Origin: origin, originally a naut. term, probably ; from Dutch blaf, flat, broad
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verb bluffed, bluff·ing, bluffs verb, transitive
- To mislead or deceive.
- To impress, deter, or intimidate by a false display of confidence.
- Games To try to mislead (opponents) in a card game by heavy betting on a poor hand or by little or no betting on a good one.
- The act or practice of bluffing.
- One that bluffs.
Origin: Probably from Dutch bluffen, from Low German.
- bluffˈa·ble adjective
- bluffˈer noun
- Rough and blunt but not unkind in manner. See Synonyms at gruff.
- Having a broad, steep front.
Origin: Probably from obsolete Dutch blaf or Middle Low German blaff, broad.
- bluffˈly adverb
- bluffˈness noun