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Where did bluff come from?


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Depends which bluff you mean. Bluff as a steep promontory or a steep bank comes from an early Dutch word 'Blaf' meaning 'broad'


Bluff as a poker term is early American English, taken from another Dutch word, 'Bluffen' meaning to 'brag or boast'. Another Dutch word 'verbluffen' meaning to 'baffle or mislead' is also applicable.