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Meaning of REBUFF

Pronunciation:  ri'buf

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
  2. [n]  an instance of driving away or warding off
  3. [v]  reject outright and bluntly
  4. [v]  force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack"

REBUFF is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: brush off, drive back, fight off, repel, repel, repulse, repulse, slight, snub, snub
 See Also: cold shoulder, cut, defend, discourtesy, disdain, fight, fight back, fight down, freeze off, offence, offense, offensive activity, oppose, pooh-pooh, reject, rejection, scorn, silent treatment, snub, spurn, turn down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*buff"\, 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
             The strong rebuff of some tumultuous cloud.
    2. Sudden check; unexpected repulse; defeat; refusal;
       repellence; rejection of solicitation.
  2. \Re*buff"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rebuffed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Rebuffing}.]
    To beat back; to offer sudden resistance to; to check; to
    repel or repulse violently, harshly, or uncourteously.