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Noun: bluff  blúf
  1. A high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)
     
  2. Pretence 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
    - four flush
Verb: bluff  blúf
  1. (card game) deceive an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand
    - bluff out
     
  2. Frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
Adjective: bluff (bluffer,bluffest)  blúf
  1. Very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front
    "a bluff headland";
    - bold, sheer
     
  2. Bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured
    "a bluff but pleasant manner"; "a bluff and rugged natural leader"

Derived forms: bluffing, bluffed, bluffs, bluffer, bluffest

See also: direct, steep

Type of: affright, bank, deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation, feigning, fright [archaic], frighten, go, move, pretence [Brit, Cdn], pretense [N. Amer], scare

Encyclopedia: Bluff, Texas