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


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.

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


re·buff·a·ble, adjectivere·buff·a·bly, adverbun·re·buff·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·buffed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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


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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