from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A blunt or abrupt repulse or refusal, as to an offer.
- n. A check or an abrupt setback to progress or action.
- transitive v. To reject bluntly, often disdainfully; snub. See Synonyms at refuse1.
- transitive v. To repel or drive back.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sudden resistance or refusal.
- v. To refuse; to offer sudden or harsh resistance; to turn down or shut out.
- v. To buff again.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Repercussion, or beating back; a quick and sudden resistance.
- n. Sudden check; unexpected repulse; defeat; refusal; repellence; rejection of solicitation.
- transitive v. To beat back; to offer sudden resistance to; to check; to repel or repulse violently, harshly, or uncourteously.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To repel; make inflexible resistance to; check; put off with an abrupt and unexpected denial.
- Synonyms To repel, repulse, throw back. See refuse.
- n. A repelling; a repercussion.
- n. An interposed check; a defeat.
- n. A holding off or in check; repulsion, as of inquiry or solicitation; peremptory denial or refusal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an instance of driving away or warding off
- v. reject outright and bluntly
- v. force or drive back
- n. a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
From obsolete French rebuffer, to reject, from Italian ribuffare, from ribuffo, reprimand : ri-, back (from Latin re-; see re-) + buffo, gust, puff (of imitative origin).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)