rebuff (n.)

1610s, from rebuff (v.), or from Middle French rebuffe or Italian ribuffo.

rebuff (v.)

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 (compare buffet (v.)). Related: Rebuffed; rebuffing.

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