- To rebuff is to reject someone or something in an abrupt way.
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: MFr 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
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- A blunt or abrupt repulse or refusal, as to an offer.
- A check or an abrupt setback to progress or action.
- To reject bluntly, often disdainfully; snub. See Synonyms at refuse1.
- To repel or drive back.
Origin: From obsolete French rebuffer, to reject, from Italian ribuffare, from ribuffo, reprimand : ri-, back (from Latin re-; see re-) + buffo, gust, puff (of imitative origin).