From Italian sdegnare, aphetic form of disdegnare; later also taken as shortening of disdain.
sdeign (third-person singular simple present sdeigns, present participle sdeigning, simple past and past participle sdeigned)
- (obsolete) To disdain. [16th-17th c.]
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.1:
- Which when those knights beheld, with scornefull eye / They sdeigned such lascivious disport, / And loath'd the loose demeanure of that wanton sort.