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Definition 1: the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for bluff in the sense of this definition

(bluff is a kind of ...) the act of deceiving

Definition 2: pretense that your position is stronger than it really is - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where bluff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted

(bluff is a kind of ...) pretending with intention to deceive

Definition 3: a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion) - [noun denoting object]

(bluff is a kind of ...) a long ridge or pile

"a huge bank of earth"

Definition 4: frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is - [verb of communication]

(bluff is a kind of ...) cause fear in

"The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me" "Ghosts could never affright her"

Definition 5: deceive an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand - [verb of competition]

Synonyms for bluff in the sense of this definition

(bluff is a kind of ...) have a turn; make one's move in a game

"Can I go now?"

(bluff belongs to category ...) a game played with playing cards

Definition 6: very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bluff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for bluff in the sense of this definition

(bluff is similar to ...) having a sharp inclination

"the steep attic stairs" "steep cliffs"

Definition 7: bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bluff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(bluff is similar to ...) straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

"a direct question" "a direct response" "a direct approach"

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