Rebuff Definition

rĭ-bŭf
rebuffed, rebuffs
noun
rebuffs
An abrupt, blunt refusal of offered advice, help, etc.
Webster's New World
A check or an abrupt setback to progress or action.
A rebuff to his ambitions.
American Heritage
Any check or repulse.
Webster's New World
Repercussion, or beating back.
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verb
rebuffed, rebuffs
To refuse bluntly; snub.
Webster's New World
To check or repulse.
Webster's New World
To repel or drive back.
Rebuffed the attack.
American Heritage
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.
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To refuse; to offer sudden or harsh resistance; to turn down or shut out.

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Other Word Forms of Rebuff

Noun

Singular:
rebuff
Plural:
rebuffs

Origin of Rebuff

  • From obsolete French rebuffer to reject from Italian ribuffare from ribuffo reprimand ri- back (from Latin re- re–) buffo gust, puff (of imitative origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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