[noun ri-buhf, ree-buhf; verb ri-buhf]
- a blunt or abrupt rejection, as of a person making advances.
- a peremptory refusal of a request, offer, etc.; snub.
- a check to action or progress.
- to give a rebuff to; check; repel; refuse; drive away.
Origin of rebuff
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4. snub, slight, reject, spurn.
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Examples from the Web for rebuff
Not only did she rebuff his awkward advance in person, she went home and did some sleuthing.Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight They Deserve
September 23, 2014
March 2012: “In rebuff to Obama, Abbas says he will send ultimatum to Israel.”Abbas Threatens To Dismantle PA—Again
Emily L. Hauser
December 28, 2012
Subconsciously his busy ego was finding solace after last night's rebuff.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Grant grinned at Miss Georgie, forgetting for the moment his rebuff that morning.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
At the house of an old lady of seventy, a paralytic, the rebuff was of a different kind.Doctor Pascal
Kate pretended to be angry at the rebuff, and pouted her lips, but her eyes were beaming.The Manxman
Twas as though he must suffer the rebuff with no offended question.The Cruise of the Shining Light
- to snub, reject, or refuse (a person offering help or sympathy, an offer of help, etc) abruptly or out of hand
- to beat back (an attack); repel
- a blunt refusal or rejection; snub
- any sudden check to progress or action
C16: from Old French rebuffer, from Italian ribuffare, from ribuffo a reprimand, from ri- re- + buffo puff, gust, apparently of imitative origin
Word Origin and History for rebuff
1610s, from rebuff (v.), or from Middle French rebuffe or Italian ribuffo.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper