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rebuff

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verb re·buff \ri-ˈbəf\

Simple Definition of rebuff

  • : to refuse (something, such as an offer or suggestion) in a rude way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rebuff

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to reject or criticize sharply :  snub

rebuff noun

Examples of rebuff in a sentence

  1. Our suggestion was immediately rebuffed.

  2. The company rebuffed the bid.

  3. She rebuffed him when he asked her for a date.



Did You Know?

Occurring frequently in news articles and headlines, rebuff derives (via Middle French rebuffer) from Old Italian ribuffare, meaning "to reprimand," and ultimately from the imitative verb buffare, meaning "to puff." (You might guess that the verb buff, meaning "to polish," is a "buffare" descendant, but it is actually unrelated.) A similar word, "rebuke," shares the "criticize" sense of "rebuff," but not the "reject" sense (one can rebuke another's actions or policies, but one does not rebuke the advances of another, for example). Like "rebuke," "rebuff" can also be used as a noun, as in "His proposal was met with a stern rebuff from the Board of Trustees."

Origin of rebuff

Middle French rebuffer, from Old Italian ribuffare to reprimand, from ribuffo reprimand


First Known Use: circa 1586


REBUFF Defined for Kids

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rebuff

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verb re·buff \ri-ˈbəf\

Definition of rebuff for Students

rebuffedrebuffing

  1. :  to refuse (something) in a sharp or rude way <His suggestion was rebuffed.>




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noun re·buff

Definition of rebuff for Students

  1. :  a sharp or rude refusal of something (as an offer)





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