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BLUFF

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bluff mean? 

BLUFF (noun)
  The noun BLUFF has 3 senses:

1. a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)
2. pretense that your position is stronger than it really is
3. the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards

  Familiarity information: BLUFF used as a noun is uncommon.


BLUFF (adjective)
  The adjective BLUFF has 2 senses:

1. very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front
2. bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured

  Familiarity information: BLUFF used as an adjective is rare.


BLUFF (verb)
  The verb BLUFF has 2 senses:

1. deceive an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand
2. frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is

  Familiarity information: BLUFF used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BLUFF (noun)


Sense 1bluff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("bluff" is a kind of...):

bank (a long ridge or pile)


Sense 2bluff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pretense that your position is stronger than it really is

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted

Hypernyms ("bluff" is a kind of...):

dissembling; feigning; pretence; pretense (pretending with intention to deceive)


Sense 3bluff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

four flush; bluff

Hypernyms ("bluff" is a kind of...):

deceit; deception; dissembling; dissimulation (the act of deceiving)


BLUFF (adjective)


Sense 1bluff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front

Synonyms:

bluff; bold; sheer

Context examples:

a bluff headland / where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise / a sheer descent of rock

Similar:

steep (having a sharp inclination)


Sense 2bluff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured

Context examples:

a bluff but pleasant manner / a bluff and rugged natural leader

Similar:

direct (extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action)


BLUFF (verb)


Sense 1bluff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

bluff out; bluff

Hypernyms (to "bluff" is one way to...):

go; move (have a turn; make one's move in a game)

Domain category:

card game; cards (a game played with playing cards)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2bluff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "bluff" is one way to...):

affright; fright; frighten; scare (cause fear in)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something

Sentence example:

Sam cannot bluff Sue


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