bluff
I. adjective Etymology: obsolete Dutch blaf flat; akin to Middle Low German blaff smooth Date: 1627 1. a. having a broad flattened front b. rising steeply with a broad flat or rounded front 2. good-naturedly frank and outspoken • bluffly adverbbluffness noun Synonyms: bluff, blunt, brusque, curt, crusty, gruff mean abrupt and unceremonious in speech and manner. bluff connotes good-natured outspokenness and unconventionality <
a bluff manner
>
. blunt suggests directness of expression in disregard of others' feelings <
a blunt appraisal
>
. brusque applies to a sharpness or ungraciousness <
a brusque response
>
. curt implies disconcerting shortness or rude conciseness <
a curt command
>
. crusty suggests a harsh or surly manner sometimes concealing an inner kindliness <
a crusty exterior
>
. gruff suggests a hoarse or husky speech which may imply bad temper but more often implies embarrassment or shyness <
puts on a gruff pose
>
. II. noun Date: 1666 a high steep bank ; cliff III. verb Etymology: probably from Dutch bluffen to boast, play a kind of card game Date: 1791 transitive verb 1. a. to deter or frighten by pretense or a mere show of strength b. deceive c. feign <
the catcher bluffed a throw to first
>
2. to deceive (an opponent) in cards by a bold bet on an inferior hand intransitive verb to bluff someone ; act deceptively • bluffer noun IV. noun Date: 1845 1. a. an act or instance of bluffing b. the practice of bluffing 2. one who bluffs

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
, (Said of the countenance.) / , , / , , , , (especially on the margin of a river or the sea)


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