verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of spurn
Examples from the Web for spurn
A Ted Cruz may spurn those local politicians, and instead build his campaign upon national organizations.
In a conversation with Charlie Rose, Melinda Gates said that foundations must act as catalysts to spurn governments into action.
Mutlaq is painfully aware that his own side will be harmed if they spurn a place at the table of the enfranchised.
Then, with a spurn from the hand of Abarak, the youth fell back senseless at the feet of the Queen.The Shaving of Shagpat, Complete|George Meredith
There is fine anchorage eastward, to which Spurn Point forms a natural breakwater.
Spoken of them who spurn at reproof or correction, whom Solomon calls brutish.The Proverbs of Scotland|Alexander Hislop
For this reason I will not spurn this first good road, nor prefer conducting my carriage on the wrong path.The Gtakaml|rya Sra
They went ashore at Dimlington on the coast of Holderness, or at the Spurn.The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore|John R. Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for spurn
Word Origin for spurn
Word Origin and History for spurn
Old English spurnan "to kick (away), reject, scorn, despise," from Proto-Germanic *spurnanan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German spurnan, Old Frisian spurna, Old Norse sporna "to kick"), from PIE root *spere- "ankle" (cf. Middle Dutch spoor "track of an animal," Greek sphyron "ankle," Latin spernere "to reject, spurn," Sanskrit sphurati "kicks," Middle Irish seir "heel"). Related: Spurned; spurning.