Definition of poker face in English:

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poker face


1An impassive expression that hides one’s true feelings.
Example sentences
  • In Europe and North America, these display rules encourage vivid facial expressions of emotion; a poker face is generally regarded as dull or deceptive.
  • Scott hid his grin behind a poker face - something he'd learned from Johnny.
  • When we express our goodwill, we usually use a smile or a welcoming expression, not just a political poker face.
1.1A person with a poker face.



Pronunciation: /ˈpōkər ˌfāst/
Example sentences
  • That said, the Cleveland performances were oddly disappointing: inflexible, poker-faced, and without a hint of the sensuous rubato that gives this music its infectious lilt.
  • Then it was inside to start the jamming in earnest, taking up residence upstairs with Ted's father George and some of his band members, including their wonderful and absolutely poker-faced mandolin player.
  • His clipped voice and poker-faced appearance point to a rather humourless, intimidating figure, but his weary stoicism and commitment to the truth make him the kind of man you would want on your side when the chips fall.

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Syllabification: pok·er face

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