(noun, adjective, verb)


1. very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front

- a bluff headland

Similar word(s): steep, bold, sheer

2. bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured

- a bluff but pleasant manner

- a bluff and rugged natural leader

Similar word(s): direct

Sentences with bluff as an adjective:

- the bluff bows of a ship

- a bluff answer; a bluff manner of talking; a bluff sea captain


1. a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)

Definition categories: object, bank

2. pretense that your position is stronger than it really is

- his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted

Definition categories: communication, dissembling, feigning, pretence, pretense

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

Definition categories: act, deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation

Sentences with bluff as a noun:

- That is only bluff, or a bluff.

- John's bet was a bluff: he bet without even so much as a pair.


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

Definition categories: competition, go, move

2. frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is

Definition categories: communication, affright, fright, frighten, scare

Sentences with bluff as a verb:

- John bluffed by betting without even a pair.

- 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?