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Main Entry: 1bluff
Pronunciation: primarystressblschwaf
Function: adjective
Etymology: from an obsolete Dutch word blaf "flat"
1 : rising steeply with a broad front <a bluff coastline>
2 : frank and outspoken in a good-natured manner
- bluff·ly adverb
- bluff·ness noun
synonyms BLUFF, BLUNT, CURT mean speaking in a frank rough manner. BLUFF usually suggests hearty and good-natured roughness <farmers talking in a bluff manner>. BLUNT 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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