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rebuff

[ noun ri-buhf, ree-buhf; verb ri-buhf ]
/ noun rɪˈbʌf, ˈri bʌf; verb rɪˈbʌf /
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Definition of rebuff

noun
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.
verb (used with object)
to give a rebuff to; check; repel; refuse; drive away.
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Origin of rebuff

1580–90; <Middle French rebuffer<Italian ribuffare to disturb, reprimand, derivative of ribuffo (noun), equivalent to ri-re- + buffo puff; see buffoon

OTHER WORDS FROM rebuff

re·buff·a·ble, adjectivere·buff·a·bly, adverbun·re·buff·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·buffed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rebuff

rebuff
/ (rɪˈbʌf) /

verb (tr)
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
noun
a blunt refusal or rejection; snub
any sudden check to progress or action

Word Origin for rebuff

C16: from Old French rebuffer, from Italian ribuffare, from ribuffo a reprimand, from ri- re- + buffo puff, gust, apparently of imitative origin
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