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Definition of bluff:

  1. A game at cards; poker.
  2. A high, steep bank, as by a river or the sea, or beside a ravine or plain; a cliff with a broad face.
  3. Abrupt; roughly frank; unceremonious; blunt; brusque; as, a bluff answer; a bluff manner of talking; a bluff sea captain.
  4. An act of bluffing; an expression of self- confidence for the purpose of intimidation; braggadocio; as, that is only bluff, or a bluff.
  5. Having a broad, flattened front; as, the bluff bows of a ship.
  6. Rising steeply with a flat or rounded front.
  7. Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
  8. To act as in the game of bluff.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.


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