Choose the right synonym for bluff adjective 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. Bluff 1 blf v bluffed bluffing bluffs vintr 1 to engage in a false display of confidence or aggression in order to deceive or intimidate someone the management debated if there would really be a strike or if the union was bluffing 2 to make a display of aggression as by charging or baring the teeth as a means of intimidating another . V 1839 american english poker term perhaps from dutch bluffen to brag boast or verbluffen to baffle mislead an identical word meant blindfold hoodwink in 1670s but the sense evolution and connection are unclear oed calls it one of the numerous cant terms which arose between the restoration and the reign of queen anne. Bluff can mean a high cliff or it can describe a person who is abrupt in manner the most common usage of bluff is as a verb meaning to pretend if you bluff at cards you are pretending to have a better hand than you do. Bluff mori motuphue previously known as campbelltown and often referred to as the bluff is a town and seaport in the southland region on the southern coast of the south island of new zealand it is the southernmost town in mainland new zealand and despite slope point and stewart island being further south bluff is colloquially used to refer to the southern extremity of the
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