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Main Entry: 1bluff
Etymology: from an obsolete Dutch word blaf
rising steeply with a broad front <a bluff
frank and outspoken in a good-natured manner
- bluff·ly adverb
- bluff·ness nounsynonyms BLUFF
mean speaking in a frank rough manner. BLUFF
usually suggests hearty and good-natured roughness <farmers talking in a bluff
may suggest plain speech that disregards the feelings of others <a blunt
appraisal of the student's work>. CURT
usually suggests briefness of speech that is upsetting or rude <a curt
reply to a polite question>.
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