transitive verb \ri-ˈbəf\

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

Full Definition of REBUFF

:  to reject or criticize sharply :  snub
rebuff noun

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


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