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From Middle English spurnen, spornen, from Old English spurnan (“to strike against, kick, spurn, reject; stumble”), from Proto-Germanic *spurnaną (“to tread, kick, knock out”), from Proto-Indo-European *sperH-.
- (transitive, intransitive) To reject disdainfully; contemn; scorn.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene iii]:
- What safe and nicely I might well delay
By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn.
- 1693, [John Locke], “§111”, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education, London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], OCLC 1161614482:
- Domestics will pay a more ready and cheerful service, when they find themselves not spurned, because fortune has laid them below the level of others, at their master's feet.
- 2020 February 25, Christopher de Bellaigue, “The end of farming?”, in The Guardian:
- Although the term “rewilding” – meaning an approach to conservation that allows nature a free rein – has been in currency since 1990, many traditional landowners and gamekeepers continue to spurn both the term and the idea behind it.
- (transitive) To reject something by pushing it away with the foot.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], part 1, 2nd edition, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, OCLC 932920499; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act I, scene ii:
- (transitive) To waste; fail to make the most of (an opportunity)
- 2011 September 28, Tom Rostance, “Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos”, in BBC Sport:
- Marouane Chamakh then spurned a great chance to kill the game off when he ran onto Andrey Arshavin's lofted through ball but shanked his shot horribly across the face of goal.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To kick or toss up the heels.
- , [John] Gay, “Book II. Of Walking the Streets by Day.”, in Trivia: Or, The Art of Walking the Streets of London, London: Printed for Bernard Lintott, […], OCLC 13598122, page 46:
- oft' the ſudden Gale
Ruffles the Tide, and ſhifts the dang'rous Sail,
The drunken Chairman in the Kennel ſpurns,
The Glaſſes ſhatters, and his Charge o'erturns.
to reject disdainfully
to reject by pushing away with the foot
spurn (plural spurns)
- An act of spurning; a scornful rejection.
- A kick; a blow with the foot.
- (obsolete) Disdainful rejection; contemptuous treatment.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
- The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes.
- (mining) A body of coal left to sustain an overhanging mass.
an act of spurning; a scornful rejection
- Used in set phrases
- Ég hafði spurnir af Ara.
- I received news of Ari.
- Ég hafði spurnir af Ara.
declension of spurn
- English: spurn
- Alternative form of