bluffest

bluff

1 [bluhf]
adjective, bluffer, bluffest.
1.
good-naturedly direct, blunt, or frank; heartily outspoken: a big, bluff, generous man.
2.
presenting a bold and nearly perpendicular front, as a coastline: a bluff, precipitous headland.
3.
Nautical. (of the bow of a vessel) having a full, blunt form.
noun
4.
a cliff, headland, or hill with a broad, steep face.
5.
North Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Canadian Prairie Provinces. a clump or grove of trees on a prairie or other generally treeless area.

Origin:
1620–30; perhaps < Middle Low German blaff smooth, even, or < Middle Dutch blaf broad, flat

bluffly, adverb
bluffness, noun


1. forthright, open, honest; rough, crude. See blunt. 2. abrupt, steep.


1. subtle.
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bluff1 (blʌf)
 
vb
1.  to pretend to be confident about an uncertain issue or to have undisclosed resources, in order to influence or deter (someone)
 
n
2.  deliberate deception intended to create the impression of a stronger position or greater resources than one actually has
3.  call someone's bluff to challenge someone to give proof of his claims
 
[C19: originally US poker-playing term, from Dutch bluffen to boast]
 
'bluffer1
 
n

bluff2 (blʌf)
 
n
1.  a steep promontory, bank, or cliff, esp one formed by river erosion on the outside bend of a meander
2.  (Canadian) a clump of trees on the prairie; copse
 
adj
3.  good-naturedly frank and hearty
4.  (of a bank, cliff, etc) presenting a steep broad face
 
[C17 (in the sense: nearly perpendicular): perhaps from Middle Dutch blaf broad]
 
'bluffly2
 
adv
 
'bluffness2
 
n

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bluff
1839, Amer.Eng., poker term, perhaps from Du. 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
1680s, from Du. blaf "flat, broad," apparently a North Sea nautical term for ships with flat vertical bows, later extended to landscape features.
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