- a blunt or abrupt rejection, as of a person making advances.
- a peremptory refusal of a request, offer, etc.; snub.
- a check to action or progress.
verb (used with object)
- to give a rebuff to; check; repel; refuse; drive away.
- to snub, reject, or refuse (a person offering help or sympathy, an offer of help, etc) abruptly or out of hand
- to beat back (an attack); repel
- a blunt refusal or rejection; snub
- any sudden check to progress or action
1580s, from obsolete French rebuffer “to check, snub,” from Italian ribuffare “to check, chide, snide,” from ribuffo “a snub,” from ri- “back” (from Latin re-, see re-) + buffo “a puff,” of imitative origin (cf. buffet (v.)). Related: Rebuffed; rebuffing.
1610s, from rebuff (v.), or from Middle French rebuffe or Italian ribuffo.