Definition of bluff verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bluff

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//blʌf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//blʌf//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bluff
BrE BrE//blʌf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//blʌf//
 
he / she / it bluffs
BrE BrE//blʌfs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//blʌfs//
 
past simple bluffed
BrE BrE//blʌft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//blʌft//
 
past participle bluffed
BrE BrE//blʌft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//blʌft//
 
-ing form bluffing
BrE BrE//ˈblʌfɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈblʌfɪŋ//
 
Dishonest
 
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  • [intransitive, transitive] bluff (something) to try to make somebody believe that you will do something that you do not really intend to do, or that you know something that you do not really know I don't think he'll shoot—I think he's just bluffing. See related entries: Dishonest
  • Word Originverb late 17th cent. (originally in the sense ‘blindfold, trick’): from Dutch bluffen ‘brag’, or bluf ‘bragging’. The current sense (originally US, mid 19th cent.) originally referred to bluffing in the game of poker.Idioms to get out of a difficult situation by continuing to tell lies, especially when people suspect you are not being honest Phrasal Verbsbluff somebody into doing somethingbluff your way in
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bluff