To waste; fail to make the most of (an opportunity)
Other Word Forms of Spurn
Origin of Spurn
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 spernō (“despise, distain, scorn"). Related to spur.
Middle English spurnen from Old English spurnan sperə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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