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English adjective: bluff

1. bluff very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front

SamplesA bluff headland.
Where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise.
A sheer descent of rock.

Synonymsbold, sheer



2. bluff bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured

SamplesA bluff but pleasant manner.
A bluff and rugged natural leader.



English noun: bluff

1. bluff (object) a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)

Broader (hypernym)bank

2. bluff (communication) pretense that your position is stronger than it really is

SamplesHis bluff succeeded in getting him accepted.

Broader (hypernym)dissembling, feigning, pretence, pretense

3. bluff (act) the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards

Synonymsfour flush

Broader (hypernym)deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation

English verb: bluff

1. bluff (competition) deceive an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand

Synonymsbluff out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)go, move

Domain categorycard game, cards

2. bluff (communication) frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is

ExamplesSam cannot bluff Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something

Broader (hypernym)affright, fright, frighten, scare

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