An example of spurn is when someone asks you out on a date and you are very rude when you decline.
- Archaic to push or drive away contemptuously with or as with the foot
- to refuse or reject with contempt or disdain; scorn
Origin of spurnMiddle English spurnen from Old English spurnan, to spurn, kick: see spur
- Archaic a kick
- scornful treatment or rejection
verbspurned, spurn·ing, spurns
- To reject with disdain or contempt. See Synonyms at refuse1.
- Archaic To kick at or tread on disdainfully.
- A contemptuous rejection.
- A kick.
Origin of spurnMiddle English spurnen from Old English spurnan ; see sperə- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present spurns, present participle spurning, simple past and past participle spurned)
From Middle English spurnen, spornen, from Old English spurnan (“to strike against, kick, spurn, reject; stumble"), from Proto-Germanic *spurnanÄ… (“to tread, kick, knock out"), from Proto-Indo-European *sper-, *sperw- (“to twitch, push, fidget, be quick"). Cognate with Scots spurn (“to strike, push, kick"), German anspornen (“to spur on"), Icelandic sporna, spyrna (“to kick"), Latin spernÅ (“despise, distain, scorn"). Related to spur.