see also: Bluff
Pronunciation Noun


  1. An act of bluffing; a false expression of the strength of one's position in order to intimidate; braggadocio.
    That is only bluff, or a bluff.
  2. (poker) An attempt to represent oneself as holding a stronger hand than they actually do.
    John's bet was a bluff: he bet without even so much as a pair.
  3. (US, dated) The card game poker.
  4. One who bluffs; a bluffer.
  5. (slang, dated) An excuse.
Translations Translations Verb

bluff (bluffs, present participle bluffing; past and past participle bluffed)

  1. (poker) To make a bluff; to give the impression that one's hand is stronger than it is.
    John bluffed by betting without even a pair.
  2. (by analogy) To frighten or deter with a false show of strength or confidence; to give a false impression of strength or temerity in order to intimidate and gain some advantage.
    The government claims it will call an election if this bill does not pass. Is it truly ready to do so, or is it bluffing?
  3. To take advantage by bluffing.
    We bluffed our way past the guards.
Translations Translations Noun

bluff (plural bluffs)

  1. A high, steep bank, for example by a river or the sea, or beside a ravine or plain; a cliff with a broad face.
  2. (Canadian Prairies) A small wood or stand of trees, typically poplar or willow.
Translations Adjective

bluff (comparative bluffer, superlative bluffest)

  1. Having a broad, flattened front.
    the bluff bows of a ship
  2. Rising steeply with a flat or rounded front.
    • a bluff or bold shore
    • Its banks, if not really steep, had a bluff and precipitous aspect.
  3. Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
    • 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      […] he had a bluff, rough-and-ready face, all roughened and reddened and lined in his long travels.
  4. Roughly frank and hearty in one's manners.
    Synonyms: abrupt, unceremonious, blunt, brusque
    a bluff answer
    a bluff manner of talking
    a bluff sea captain
    • There is indeed a bluff pertinacity which is a proper defence in a moment of surprise.
  • Russian: отве́сный
  • Russian: гру́бый
  • Russian: прямо́й

bluff (bluffs, present participle bluffing; past and past participle bluffed)

  1. To fluff#Verb|fluff, puff#Verb|puff or swell#Verb|swell up.

Proper noun
  1. A town in New Zealand, the southernmost in the South Island, and seaport for the Southland region.

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