Rebuff

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

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

    Collocations dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 rebuff — [[t]rɪbʌ̱f[/t]] rebuffs, rebuffing, rebuffed VERB If you rebuff someone or rebuff a suggestion that they make, you refuse to do what they suggest. [V n] He wanted sex with Julie but she rebuffed him... [V n] His proposals have already been… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 rebuff — re|buff [rıˈbʌf] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Early French rebuffer, from Old Italian ribuffare to criticize angrily ] formal an unkind or unfriendly answer to a friendly suggestion or offer of help = ↑snub ▪ He received a humiliating rebuff from… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 rebuff — noun (C) formal an unkind or unfriendly answer to a friendly suggestion or offer of help; snub 2: Every attempt Yves made to befriend her met with a rebuff. rebuff verb (T): Brady rebuffed all her suggestions …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 rebuff — transitive verb Etymology: Middle French rebuffer, from Old Italian ribuffare to reprimand, from ribuffo reprimand Date: circa 1586 to reject or criticize sharply ; snub • rebuff noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 rebuff — rebuffable, adj. rebuffably, adv. n. /ri buf , ree buf/; v. /ri buf /, n. 1. a blunt or abrupt rejection, as of a person making advances. 2. a peremptory refusal of a request, offer, etc.; snub. 3. a check to action or progress. v.t. 4. to give a …

    Universalium

  • 16 rebuff — 1. noun /rɪˈbʌf/ A sudden resistance or refusal. He was surprised by her quick rebuff to his proposal. 2. verb /rɪˈbʌf/ a) To refuse; to offer sudden or harsh resistance; to …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 rebuff — 1. verb his offer was rebuffed Syn: reject, turn down, spurn, refuse, decline, repudiate; snub, slight, repulse, repel, dismiss, brush off, give someone the cold shoulder; informal give someone the brush off, give someone the bum s rush, freeze… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 rebuff — 1. verb his offer was rebuffed Syn: reject, turn down, spurn, refuse, decline, snub, slight, dismiss, brush off Ant: accept 2. noun for fear of a rebuff Syn: rejection …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 19 rebuff — [rɪˈbʌf] verb [T] formal to refuse to talk to someone or do what they suggest rebuff noun [C] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 rebuff — re•buff [[t]rɪˈbʌf[/t]] n. 1) a blunt or abrupt rejection, as of unwelcome advances 2) a peremptory refusal of a request, offer, etc 3) a check to action or progress 4) to give a rebuff to; check; repel • Etymology: 1580–90; < MF rebuffer < …

    From formal English to slang


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