A bluffer, he has a sneaking respect for anyone who throws a bluff and gets away with it.
"Jab him, Casey; he's only a bluffer," said several of his companions.
I rather think that Dunlavey is something of a bluffer–that folks in this country have allowed him to have his own way too much.
I thought Bill wasn't dead: you're just a bluffer, ain't you, Bill?
Joe, cried Jim when his paroxysms had subsided, as a bluffer youre a wonder, a real wonder!
I was only trying to keep up to my reputation and name as a bluffer.
The folded arms and expanded chest of the bluffer mean no more than the high-arched back of a cat.
He is energetic, self confident, amiable, and a particularly able bluffer when occasion demands it.
Burroughs brought his fist down on the table—and Norman recognized the gesture of the bluffer.
You will perceive that Copperhead Camp was no place for a coward or a bluffer or a bully.
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." Extended or figurative sense by 1854. Related: Bluffed; bluffing.
"broad, vertical cliff," 1680s, from bluff (adj.) "with a broad, flat front" (1620s), a sailors' word, probably from Dutch blaf "flat, broad." Apparently a North Sea nautical term for ships with flat vertical bows, later extended to landscape features.
1844 as an alternative name for poker; from bluff (v.). As "an act of bluffing" by 1864.
: His courage was all bluff •A noun sense fr 1849 is ''an excuse'' (1870s+)
To use confident pretense as a means of winning or succeeding •The 1674 definition is ''to blindfold or hoodwink''; the game of poker was originally known as bluff (1670s+)
[perhaps related to, though not derived fr, a late 1700s bluff, ''a blindfold or blinker for a horse'']