Rebuff Re*buff" (r[-e]*b[u^]f"), n. [It. ribuffo, akin to ribuffare to repulse; pref. ri- (L. re-) + buffo puff. Cf. {Buff} to strike, {Buffet} a blow.] 1. Repercussion, or beating back; a quick and sudden resistance. [1913 Webster]

The strong rebuff of some tumultuous cloud. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Sudden check; unexpected repulse; defeat; refusal; repellence; rejection of solicitation. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • rebuff — [n] turning away; ignoring brushoff*, check, cold shoulder*, cut, defeat, denial, discouragement, go by*, hard time*, insult, kick in the teeth*, nix*, nothing doing*, opposition, rebuke, refusal, rejection, reprimand, repulse, slight, snub,… …   New thesaurus

  • Rebuff — Re*buff , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rebuffed} (r[ e]*b[u^]ft ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rebuffing}.] To beat back; to offer sudden resistance to; to check; to repel or repulse violently, harshly, or uncourteously. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rebuff — I noun admonition, censure, check, chiding, cold shoulder, condemnation, counteraction, criticism, defeat, defiance, disapproval, discouragement, discourtesy, disregard, flat refusal, insult, opposition, peremptory refusal, rebuke, recoil,… …   Law dictionary

  • rebuff — ► VERB ▪ reject in an abrupt or ungracious manner. ► NOUN ▪ an abrupt rejection. ORIGIN obsolete French rebuffer, from Italian buffo a gust, puff …   English terms dictionary

  • rebuff — [ri buf′] n. [MFr rebuffe < It rabbuffo < rabbuffare, to disarrange, altered by metathesis (prob. infl. by buffare, to blow) < baruffare, to scuffle < Langobardic * biraufan, akin to OHG biroufan, to tussle, pluck out] 1. an abrupt,… …   English World dictionary

  • rebuff — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ sharp ▪ humiliating ▪ electoral (BrE) ▪ The party suffered a humiliating electoral rebuff in 1945. VERB + REBUFF ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • rebuff — UK [rɪˈbʌf] / US verb [transitive] Word forms rebuff : present tense I/you/we/they rebuff he/she/it rebuffs present participle rebuffing past tense rebuffed past participle rebuffed formal to refuse to talk to someone or do what they suggest… …   English dictionary

  • rebuff — n. 1) to meet with a rebuff 2) a polite; sharp rebuff * * * [rɪ bʌf] sharp rebuff a polite to meet with a rebuff …   Combinatory dictionary

  • rebuff — {{11}}rebuff (n.) 1610s, from REBUFF (Cf. rebuff) (v.). {{12}}rebuff (v.) 1580s, from obsolete Fr. rebuffer to check, snub, from It. ribuffare to check, chide, snide, from ribuffo a snub, from ri back (from L. re , see RE (Cf. re )) + …   Etymology dictionary

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