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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bluff  \Bluff\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Bluffed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Bluffing}.] 
  1.  (Poker)  To  deter  (an  opponent)  from  taking  the  risk  of 
  betting  on  his  hand  of  cards,  as  the  bluffer  does  by 
  betting  heavily  on  his  own  hand  although  it  may  be  of  less 
  value.  [U.  S.] 
 
  2.  To  frighten  or  deter  from  accomplishing  a  purpose  by 
  making  a  show  of  confidence  in  one's  strength  or 
  resources;  as  he  bluffed  me  off  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bluff  \Bluff\,  v.  i. 
  To  act  as  in  the  game  of  bluff. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bluff  \Bluff\,  a.  [Cf.  OD  blaf  flat,  broad,  blaffaert  one  with 
  a  broad  face,  also  a  boaster;  or  G.  verbl["u]ffen  to 
  confuse,  LG  bluffen  to  frighten;  to  unknown  origin.] 
  1.  Having  a  broad,  flattened  front;  as  the  bluff  bows  of  a 
  ship.  ``Bluff  visages.''  --Irving. 
 
  2.  Rising  steeply  with  a  flat  or  rounded  front.  ``A  bluff  or 
  bold  shore.''  --Falconer. 
 
  Its  banks,  if  not  really  steep,  had  a  bluff  and 
  precipitous  aspect.  --Judd. 
 
  3.  Surly;  churlish;  gruff;  rough. 
 
  4.  Abrupt;  roughly  frank;  unceremonious;  blunt;  brusque;  as 
  a  bluff  answer;  a  bluff  manner  of  talking;  a  bluff  sea 
  captain.  ``Bluff  King  Hal.''  --Sir  W.  Scott. 
 
  There  is  indeed  a  bluff  pertinacity  which  is  a 
  proper  defense  in  a  moment  of  surprise.  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bluff  \Bluff\,  n. 
  1.  A  high,  steep  bank,  as  by  a  river  or  the  sea,  or  beside  a 
  ravine  or  plain;  a  cliff  with  a  broad  face. 
 
  Beach,  bluff,  and  wave,  adieu.  --Whittier. 
 
  2.  An  act  of  bluffing;  an  expression  of  self-confidence  for 
  the  purpose  of  intimidation;  braggadocio;  as  that  is  only 
  bluff,  or  a  bluff. 
 
  3.  A  game  at  cards;  poker.  [U.S.]  --Bartlett. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bluff 
  adj  1:  having  a  prominent  and  almost  vertical  front;  "abluff 
  headland";  "the  bold  face  of  the  cliff";  "a  sheer 
  descent  of  rock"  [syn:  {bold},  {sheer}] 
  2:  bluntly  direct  and  outspoken  but  good-natured;  "a  bluff  but 
  pleasant  manner";  "a  bluff  and  rugged  natural  leader" 
  n  1:  a  high  steep  bank  (usually  formed  by  river  erosion) 
  2:  pretense  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  [syn:  {four  flush}] 
  v  1:  deceive  an  opponent  in  a  card  game  by  a  bold  bet  on  an 
  inferior  hand  with  the  result  that  the  opponent 
  withdraws  a  winning  hand  [syn:  {bluff  out}] 
  2:  frighten  someone  by  pretending  to  be  stronger  than  one 
  really  is 




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