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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But Dudaev would be foolish to spurn the offer outright.
▪ The Natal government spurned the offer.
▪ When she spurned his advances, he started to stalk her.
▪ But Dudaev would be foolish to spurn the offer outright.
▪ But Giap spurned the advice, explaining that he could not desert his comrades.
▪ Four men worked hard all day to give them safety, and they spurned it.
▪ Narcissus was a young man who spurned the nymph Echo and became enamoured of his own reflection.
▪ Steve, who is smoother than snakeskin shorts; and Lisa, a spurned woman.
▪ The rates they offered were so low, though, that investors spurned them.
▪ The restored Rump, however, took away Boteler's regimental command and spurned his nomination as quartermaster-general.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Spurn \Spurn\, n.

  1. A kick; a blow with the foot. [R.]

    What defense can properly be used in such a despicable encounter as this but either the slap or the spurn?

  2. Disdainful rejection; contemptuous treatment.

    The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes.

  3. (Mining) A body of coal left to sustain an overhanging mass.


Spurn \Spurn\ (sp[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spurned (sp[^u]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Spurning.] [OE. spurnen to kick against, to stumble over, AS. spurnan to kick, offend; akin to spura spur, OS. & OHG. spurnan to kick, Icel. spyrna, L. spernere to despise, Skr. sphur to jerk, to push.

  1. To drive back or away, as with the foot; to kick.

    [The bird] with his foot will spurn adown his cup.

    I spurn thee like a cur out of my way.

  2. To reject with disdain; to scorn to receive or accept; to treat with contempt.

    What safe and nicely I might well delay By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn.

    Domestics will pay a more cheerful service when they find themselves not spurned because fortune has laid them at their master's feet.


Spurn \Spurn\, v. i.

  1. To kick or toss up the heels.

    The miller spurned at a stone.

    The drunken chairman in the kennel spurns.

  2. To manifest disdain in rejecting anything; to make contemptuous opposition or resistance.

    Nay, more, to spurn at your most royal image.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English spurnan "to kick (away), strike against; reject, scorn, despise," from Proto-Germanic *spurnon (cognates: Old Saxon and Old High German spurnan, Old Frisian spurna, Old Norse sporna "to kick, drive away with the feet"), from PIE root *spere- "ankle" (cognates: Middle Dutch spoor "track of an animal," Greek sphyron "ankle," Latin spernere "to reject, spurn," Sanskrit sphurati "kicks," Middle Irish seir "heel"). Related: Spurned; spurning.


n. 1 An act of spurning; a scornful rejection. 2 A kick; a blow with the foot. 3 (context obsolete English) Disdainful rejection; contemptuous treatment. 4 A body of coal left to sustain an overhanging mass. vb. 1 (context ambitransitive English) To reject disdainfully; contemn; scorn. 2 (context transitive English) To reject something by pushing it away with the foot. 3 (context transitive English) To waste; fail to make the most of (an opportunity)


v. reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances" [syn: reject, freeze off, scorn, pooh-pooh, disdain, turn down]


Spurn (or Spurn Head Spit as it is also known) is a narrow sand spit on the tip of the coast of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England that reaches into the North Sea and forms the north bank of the mouth of the Humber estuary. It is over long, almost half the width of the estuary at that point, and as little as wide in places. The southernmost tip is known as Spurn Head or Spurn Point and is the home to an RNLI lifeboat station and two disused lighthouses. It forms part of the civil parish of Easington.

Spurn Head covers above high water and of foreshore. It has been owned since 1960 by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and is a designated national nature reserve, heritage coast and is part of the Humber Flats, Marshes and Coast Special Protection Area.

Usage examples of "spurn".

The Bashaw used to come to visit his slave there, and beat, spurn, and revile him.

I good occasion ministred, to revenge the injury of my master, for as I passed by, I perceived the fingers of the young-man upon the side of the binne, and lifting up my heeles, I spurned off the flesh with the force of my hoofes, whereby he was compelled to cry out, and to throw downe the binne on the ground, and so the whoredome of the Bakers wife was knowne and revealed.

Not eastern bombast, nor the savage rant Of purpled madmen, were they numbered all From Roman Nero, down to Russian Paul, Could grate upon my ear so mean, so base, As the rank jargon of that factious race, Who, poor of heart, and prodigal of words, Born to be slaves, and struggling to be lords, But pant for licence, while they spurn controul, And shout for rights, with rapine in their soul!

Secondly, this doctrinal system seems to us equally irreconcilable with history and with ethics: it seems to trample on the surest convictions of reason and conscience, and spurn the clearest principles of nature and religion, to blacken and load the heart and doom of man with a mountain of gratuitous horror, and shroud the face and throne of God in a pall of wilful barbarity.

All these months, you neglected me and avoided my bed, feigning illness and weakness, spurning my affections, and all the while you were falling under the spell of this.

Pink singing scallops were an uneaten oddity, mussel cultivation was unknown, geoducks were spurned by everyone but a few fishermen, and the salmon caviar was shipped abroad.

A special soul, yet judged as general -- The endless grief of art, the sneer that slays, The war, the wound, the groan, the funeral pall -- Not into these, bright spirit, do we yearn To bring thee back, but oh, to be, to be Unbound of all these gyves, to stretch, to spurn The dark from off our dolorous lids, to see Our spark, Conjecture, blaze and sunwise burn, And suddenly to stand again by thee!

We were sitting now in a corner booth of the Zimmertal, a becurtained Konditorei down the hill from the American enclave where the high school was, a place our classmates spurned in favor of the snack bar at the base exchange with its molded plastic chairs, ferociously orange.

He snottily spurned instruction from their tour guide, whoEugenie had noticed in the light of daywas quite attractive.

He rides triumphant, spurning the dim Earth-- Whither, O whither goest thou?

And therewithall they pulled him downe to the ground, beating him with their fists, and spurning him with their feete.

And if Lenz tries to temper the spurning by telling Green he likes him, where the fuck is he supposed to look when he says it?

Jillie a favor she could not begin to comprehend or appreciate by spurning her naive affections.

Bannor forced himself to turn a blind eye to their devilish doings, promising himself that every humiliation Willow endured at their hands would only serve to spare her pride when she was finally goaded into spurning him.

When Barns rose from my side, spurning me with his foot, I had been well used.