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bluff 1

v. bluffed, bluff·ing, bluffs
1. To engage in a false display of confidence or aggression in order to deceive or intimidate someone: The management debated if there would really be a strike or if the union was bluffing.
2. To make a display of aggression, as by charging or baring the teeth, as a means of intimidating another animal.
3. 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.
1. To deceive or intimidate (someone) by a false display of confidence or aggression.
2. 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.
3. To start but not carry out (an action) as a means of deceiving or intimidating another: The pitcher bluffed a throw to first base.
The act or practice of bluffing.
bluff (one's) way
To deceive someone or accomplish something by making a false display.

[Origin unknown.]

bluff′a·ble adj.
bluff′er n.

bluff 2

A steep headland, promontory, riverbank, or cliff.
adj. bluff·er, bluff·est
1. Having or showing a rough and blunt but not unkind manner: "the great big bluff guests who told bawdy jokes and got up early to watch the sun rise" (Erin McGraw).
2. Having a broad, steep front: the boat's bluff bow.

[Probably from obsolete Dutch blaf or Middle Low German blaff, broad.]

bluff′ly adv.
bluff′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bluffer - a person who tries to bluff other people
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true


[ˈblʌfəʳ] Nfarolero/a m/f


nBluffer m


[ˈblʌfəʳ] nbluffatore/trice
References in classic literature ?
It was probably owing to this fortification of the natural strength of his constitution with so much exposure to the air, and the salt sea, that Mr Sparkler did not pine outwardly; but, whatever the cause, he was so far from having any prospect of moving his mistress by a languishing state of health, that he grew bluffer every day, and that peculiarity in his appearance of seeming rather a swelled boy than a young man, became developed to an extraordinary degree of ruddy puffiness.
I sampled four wines at each and in addition received the perfect guide to being a buff, or bluffer in my case.
It's not what you know, it's what they think you know," is the maxim of the serious bluffer, and for aficionado and neophyte alike, a quick dip into his cheap-and-cheerful guide guarantees a serious chuckle.
Travels to Bluffer Art Museum, Houston, fall 2013; SITE Santa Fe, NM, winter 2014.
Using his skills as a bluffer, Jane manages to leave jail and decides to visit his victim's wife house, where he tries to find clues to clear him from the crime.
You could encounter someone who is a bit of a bluffer.
That true story emphasises two things; that Heskey is a reluctant interviewee and that he is a terrible bluffer.
com, said: "If you're lucky enough to be born with some of these desirable facial characteristics it could benefit your poker playing, but even if you don't have the perfect poker face, or you're not a great bluffer, you can always play on-line where your face or its expression won't matter.
It turns out that the feisty senior citizen is as good a bluffer as she is a runner; she didn't even have a gun
First, he had Saddam Hussein, the butcher and the bluffer of Baghdad.
She found that, in general, poker players were poor judges of the bluff, concluding that most overestimate the attempts at bluffing by infrequent bluffers and underestimate the attempts of the frequent bluffer.
Scott has proven in the past he's not a bluffer,'' Washburn said.