[ spurn ]
/ spɜrn /

verb (used with object)

to reject with disdain; scorn.
to treat with contempt; despise.
to kick or trample with the foot.

verb (used without object)

to show disdain or contempt; scorn something.


Origin of spurn

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English spurnen, Old English spurnan; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German spurnan, Old Norse sporna to kick; akin to Latin spernere to put away; (noun) Middle English: a kick, contemptuous stroke, derivative of the noun


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British Dictionary definitions for spurned

/ (spɜːn) /


to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
(when intr, often foll by against) archaic to kick (at)


an instance of spurning
archaic a kick or thrust

Derived forms of spurn

spurner, noun

Word Origin for spurn

Old English spurnan; related to Old Norse sporna, Old High German spurnan, Latin spernere to despise, Lithuanian spiriu to kick
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