- 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.
rebuff definition by Webster's New World
- an abrupt, blunt refusal of offered advice, help, etc.
- any check or repulse
Origin: Middle 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
rebuff definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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).