Definitions of bluff

  1. deceive an opponent in a card game by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand
  2. the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards
  3. pretense that your position is stronger than it really is; " his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted"
  4. a high steep bank ( usually formed by river erosion)
  5. bluntly direct and outspoken but good- natured; " a bluff but pleasant manner"; " a bluff and rugged natural leader"
  6. 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"
  7. frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
  8. deceive an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand
  9. Having a broad, flattened front; as, the bluff bows of a ship.
  10. Rising steeply with a flat or rounded front.
  11. Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
  12. Abrupt; roughly frank; unceremonious; blunt; brusque; as, a bluff answer; a bluff manner of talking; a bluff sea captain.
  13. A high, steep bank, as by a river or the sea, or beside a ravine or plain; a cliff with a broad face.
  14. An act of bluffing; an expression of self- confidence for the purpose of intimidation; braggadocio; as, that is only bluff, or a bluff.
  15. A game at cards; poker.
  16. To deter ( an opponent) from taking the risk of betting on his hand of cards, as the bluffer does by betting heavily on his own hand although it may be of less value.
  17. To frighten or deter from accomplishing a purpose by making a show of confidence in one's strength or resources; as, he bluffed me off.
  18. To act as in the game of bluff.
  19. Having a broad, flattened front; rising steeply or boldly; rough and hearty; surly; gruff.
  20. A high steep bank; a cliff or headland with a broad steep face; the act of putting on an air of confidence for the purpose of deceiving.
  21. To deceive by putting on a confident air.
  22. To deceive an opponent by putting on an air of strength.
  23. Bluffness.
  24. Blustering: outspoken: steep.
  25. A high steep bank overlooking the sea or a river.
  26. A steep bank overhanging a valley or water.
  27. Abrupt; rude; frank.
  28. To overawe by bold assumption; boast in order to mislead and daunt.
  29. Blunt, frank, and hearty.
  30. Steep and bold, as a cliff.
  31. Bluffly.
  32. Boldness assumed in order to overawe or deceive.
  33. A bold, steep headland.
  34. Full- faced; frank and free; outspoken; gruff; steep and overhanging.
  35. A high steep bank; a game at cards.
  36. To repulse unceremoniously.
  37. A high steep bank generally facing the sea or a river; an abrupt manner.
  38. Abruptly rising as a shore; big; vainglorious; swaggering; blustering.

Usage examples for bluff

  1. " This diggin' down was a bluff. – The Lash by Olin L. Lyman
  2. And it was not a bluff. – Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet by Harold Leland Goodwin
  3. Appincourte Bluff seems either to have been turned or to have turned Fritzy off. – Our Pilots in the Air by Captain William B. Perry
  4. " I see," I said; " you simply tried to bluff him by behaving like an ordinary simple- minded honest clergyman?" – The Spy in Black by J. Storer Clouston
  5. I can bluff him till you can get away. – Hidden Gold by Wilder Anthony
  6. We can't bluff 'em. – The House of Torchy by Sewell Ford
  7. Now it will look as if I did that to blind him, so I might force him over the bluff. – Frank Merriwell's Chums by Burt L. Standish
  8. I believe they both went over the bluff and are both dead. – The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
  9. Remember, you'll have your bluff called some day." – The Blood Red Dawn by Charles Caldwell Dobie
  10. True, Trevors had said that he'd have a man on the ledge outside day and night; Judith had never seen such a person, had never heard his voice, and began to believe that it was a bit of bluff on Trevors's part. – Judith of Blue Lake Ranch by Jackson Gregory
  11. " I never bluff, Bill. – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  12. He had to make a bluff at giving you something. – Rival Pitchers of Oakdale by Morgan Scott
  13. That's all right for a bluff, Sing, but it won't go down," cried Phil. – The Spoilers of the Valley by Robert Watson
  14. Her glance searched the face of the bluff, which with each moment was becoming more distinctly visible. – The Case and The Girl by Randall Parrish
  15. But you have called the bluff. – All-Wool Morrison by Holman Day
  16. Blome will send out his bluff- he'll begin to blow- to look for Steele. – The Rustlers of Pecos County by Zane Grey
  17. He was fully conscious that there was no bluff in the other's words, that he was actually sitting there and facing death in the most literal sense of the term. – Doors of the Night by Frank L. Packard
  18. He is waiting in the bluff. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  19. Sheer bluff, they called it. – The Bartlett Mystery by Louis Tracy
  20. " Plain bluff again," he said. – The Blind Lion of the Congo by Elliott Whitney