As nouns the difference between cape and bluff
is that cape
is a piece or point of land, extending beyond the adjacent coast into a sea or lake; a promontory; a headland while bluff
is an act of bluffing; a false expression of the strength of one's position in order to intimidate; braggadocio.
As verbs the difference between cape and bluff
is that cape
is to head or point; to keep a course while bluff
is ( To make a bluff
; to give the impression that one's hand is stronger than it is.
As proper nouns the difference between cape and bluff
is that cape
is the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Province
, South Africa while Bluff
is the southernmost town in the South Island of New Zealand, and seaport for the Southland region.
As an adjective bluff is
having a broad, flattened front.
(etyl) cap, from (etyl) .
(geography) A piece or point of land, extending beyond the adjacent coast into a sea or lake; a promontory; a headland.
A sleeveless garment or part of a garment, hanging from the neck over the back, arms, and shoulders, but not reaching below the hips.
- Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. […] Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
(nautical) To head or point; to keep a course.
(obsolete) To gape.
- The ship capes southwest by south.
To skin an animal, particularly a deer.
From (etyl) .
An act of bluffing; a false expression of the strength of one's position in order to intimidate; braggadocio.
(poker) An attempt to represent oneself as holding a stronger hand than they actually do.
- That is only bluff''', or a '''bluff .
(US, dated) The card game poker.
- John's bet was a bluff : he bet without even so much as a pair.
((poker) To make a bluff ; to give the impression that one's hand is stronger than it is.
(by analogy ) To frighten or deter with a false show of strength or confidence; to give a false impression of strength or temerity in order to intimidate and gain some advantage.
- John bluffed by betting without even a pair.
- The government claims it will call an election if this bill does not pass. Is it truly ready to do so, or is it bluffing ?
* double bluff
* triple bluff
* quadruple bluff
Related to blaff, "smooth".
A high, steep bank, as by a river or the sea, or beside a ravine or plain; a cliff with a broad face.
(senseid) (Canadian Prairies) A small wood or stand of trees, typically poplar or willow.
Having a broad, flattened front.
Rising steeply with a flat or rounded front.
- the bluff bows of a ship
- a bluff or bold shore
Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
- Its banks, if not really steep, had a bluff and precipitous aspect.
Abrupt; roughly frank; unceremonious; blunt; brusque.
- he had a bluff , rough-and-ready face, all roughened and reddened and lined in his long travels.
* I. Taylor
- a bluff''' answer; a '''bluff''' manner of talking; a '''bluff sea captain
- There is indeed a bluff pertinacity which is a proper defence in a moment of surprise.