causing annoyance, irritation, or aversion; repellent.

Origin of rebarbative

1890–95; < French, feminine of rébarbatif, derivative of rébarber to be unattractive, equivalent to ré- re- + barbe beard (< Latin barba) + -atif -ative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for rebarbative



fearsome; forbidding

Word Origin for rebarbative

C19: from French rébarbatif, from Old French rebarber to repel (an enemy), to withstand (him) face to face, from re- + barbe beard, from Latin barba
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Word Origin and History for rebarbative

"repellent, unattractive," 1885, from French rébarbatif (14c.), from barbe "beard," from Latin barba (see barb (n.)).

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