Rebecca rebuffed the medicine that her mother tried to give her because she didn't like the taste.
When someone asks you on a date and you turn them down by telling them you don't like the way they dress, this is an example of a time when you rebuff.
- an abrupt, blunt refusal of offered advice, help, etc.
- any check or repulse
Origin of rebuffMiddle French rebuffe from Italian rabbuffo from rabbuffare, to disarrange, altered by metathesis (prob. influenced, influence by buffare, to blow) from baruffare, to scuffle from Langobardic an unverified form biraufan, akin to Old High German biroufan, to tussle, pluck out
- to refuse bluntly; snub
- to check or repulse
- A blunt or abrupt repulse or refusal, as to an offer.
- A check or an abrupt setback to progress or action: a rebuff to his ambitions.
transitive verbre·buffed, re·buff·ing, re·buffs
- To reject bluntly, often disdainfully; snub: rebuff a person making advances; rebuff a request. See Synonyms at refuse1.
- To repel or drive back: rebuffed the attack.
Origin of rebuffFrom obsolete French rebuffer to reject from Italian ribuffare from ribuffo reprimand ri- back ( from Latin re- ; see re- . ) buffo gust, puff ( of imitative origin )
(third-person singular simple present rebuffs, present participle rebuffing, simple past and past participle rebuffed)