- 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