An example of spurn is when someone asks you out on a date and you are very rude when you decline.
The drunken chairman in the kennel spurns.
Origin of spurn
- Middle English spurnen from Old English spurnan sperə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.