verb (used with object), re·buked, re·buk·ing.
- to express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand.
- sharp, stern disapproval; reproof; reprimand.
- (tr) to scold or reprimand (someone)
- a reprimand or scolding
early 14c., “to reprimand, reprove; chide, scold,” from Anglo-French rebuker “to repel, beat back,” Old French rebuchier, from re- “back” (see re-) + buschier “to strike, chop wood,” from busche (French bÃ»che) “wood,” from Proto-Germanic *busk- (see bush (n.)). Related: Rebuked; rebuking.
early 15c., “a reproof, reprimand,” from rebuke (v.).