spurn


1spurn

verb \ˈspərn\

: to refuse to accept (someone or something that you do not think deserves your respect, attention, affection, etc.)

Full Definition of SPURN

intransitive verb
1
obsolete
a :  stumble
b :  kick 1a
2
archaic :  to reject something disdainfully
transitive verb
1
:  to tread sharply or heavily upon :  trample
2
:  to reject with disdain or contempt :  scorn
spurn·er noun

Examples of SPURN

  1. <fiercely independent, the elderly couple spurned all offers of financial help>

Origin of SPURN

Middle English, from Old English spurnan; akin to Old High German spurnan to kick, Latin spernere to spurn, Greek spairein to quiver
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with SPURN

2spurn

noun

Definition of SPURN

1
a :  kick 1a
b obsolete :  stumble
2
a :  disdainful rejection
b :  contemptuous treatment

First Known Use of SPURN

14th century

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