(third-person singular simple present spurns, present participle spurning, simple past and past participle spurned)
- (intransitive) To reject disdainfully; contemn; scorn.
- To reject something by pushing it away with the foot.
- To waste; fail to make the most of (an opportunity)
- The drunken chairman in the kennel spurns.
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.