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rebuff

verb re·buff \ri-ˈbəf\

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

Full Definition of REBUFF

transitive verb
:  to reject or criticize sharply :  snub
rebuff noun
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Examples of REBUFF

  1. Our suggestion was immediately rebuffed.
  2. The company rebuffed the bid.
  3. She rebuffed him when he asked her for a date.

Origin of REBUFF

Middle French rebuffer, from Old Italian ribuffare to reprimand, from ribuffo reprimand
First Known Use: circa 1586
REBUFF Defined for Kids

1rebuff

verb re·buff \ri-ˈbəf\
re·buffedre·buff·ing

Definition of REBUFF for Kids

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

2rebuff

noun

Definition of REBUFF for Kids

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

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