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bluff

noun

1 bluff

A high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion).

Roget 884: boasting etc. v.; boast, vaunt, crake; pretense, pretensions; puff, puffery; flourish, fanfaronade; gasconade; ... show more

Roget 840: amusement, entertainment, recreation, fun, game, fun and games; diversion, divertissement; reaction, solace; pastime, passetemps [Fr.], sport; ... show more

Roget 545: deception; falseness etc. 544; untruth etc. 546; imposition, imposture; fraud, deceit, guile; fraudulence, fraudulency; ... show more

Roget 206: height, altitude, elevation; eminence, pitch; loftiness etc. adj.; sublimity.    tallness etc. adj.; stature, ... show more

Dutch: klip



2 bluff

Pretense that your position is stronger than it really is.

Polish: blef, bluff

3 bluff

The act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards.

synonym: four flush.

Dutch: bluffen
Polish: blef, bluff

verb

1 bluff

Deceive an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand.

synonym: bluff out.

Roget 884: boast, make a boast of, brag, vaunt, Puff, show off, flourish, crake, crack, trumpet, strut, swagger, vapor; blague, ... show more

Roget 545: deceive, take in; defraud, cheat, jockey, do, cozen, diddle, nab, chouse, play one false, bilk, cully, jilt, ... show more

2 bluff

Frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is.

adjective

1 bluff

Very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front:
— A bluff headland.

synonyms: bold, sheer.

Roget 254: blunt, obtuse, dull, bluff; edentate, toothless.   

Roget 895: discourteous, uncourteous; uncourtly; ill-bred, ill-mannered, ill-behaved, ill-conditioned; unbred; unmannerly, unmannered; impolite, unpolite; unpolished, uncivilized, ... show more

Roget 885: insolent, haughty, arrogant, imperious, magisterial, dictatorial, arbitrary; high-handed, high and mighty; contumelious, supercilious, overbearing, intolerant, domineering, ... show more

Roget 173: violent, vehement; warm; acute, sharp; rough, rude, ungentle, bluff, boisterous, wild; brusque, abrupt, ... show more

2 bluff

Bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured.


Moby thesaurus: Herod, abrupt, act, act a part, acting, affable, affect, affectation, aggressive, appearance, approachable, artful dodge, artifice, artless, assume, attitudinizing, bag of tricks, bamboozle, barefaced, bearish ... show more.

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