To rebuff is to reject someone or something in an abrupt way.(verb)
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.
See rebuff in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: MFr rebuffe < It rabbuffo < rabbuffare, to disarrange, altered by metathesis (prob. infl. by buffare, to blow) < baruffare, to scuffle < Langobardic *biraufan, akin to OHG biroufan, to tussle, pluck out
See rebuff in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From obsolete French rebuffer, to reject
Origin: , from Italian ribuffare
Origin: , from ribuffo, reprimand
Origin: : ri-, back (from Latin re-; see re-)
Origin: + buffo, gust, puff (of imitative origin).
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