AskDefine | Define rebuff

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1 a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval) [syn: slight]
2 an instance of driving away or warding off [syn: snub, repulse]


1 reject outright and bluntly; "She snubbed his proposal" [syn: snub, repel]
2 force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack" [syn: repel, repulse, fight off, drive back]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /rɪˈbʌf/, /rI'bVf/
    Rhymes with: -ʌf


  1. A sudden resistance or refusal.
    He was surprised by her quick rebuff to his proposal.


  1. To refuse; to offer sudden or harsh resistance; to turn down or shut out.
  2. To buff again.

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