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Meaning of SPURN

Pronunciation:  spurn

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances"
 

SPURN is a 5 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, turn down
 
 See Also: brush off, rebuff, repel, snub

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Spurn\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spurned}; 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. [root]171. See {Spur}.]
    1. To drive back or away, as with the foot; to kick.
    
             [The bird] with his foot will spurn adown his cup.
                                                   --Chaucer.
    
             I spurn thee like a cur out of my way. --Shak.
    
    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.      --Shak.
    
             Domestics will pay a more cheerful service when they
             find themselves not spurned because fortune has laid
             them at their master's feet.          --Locke.
    
    
  2. \Spurn\, v. i.
    1. To kick or toss up the heels.
    
             The miller spurned at a stone.        --Chaucer.
    
             The drunken chairman in the kennel spurns. --Gay.
    
    2. To manifest disdain in rejecting anything; to make
       contemptuous opposition or resistance.
    
             Nay, more, to spurn at your most royal image.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    
  3. \Spurn\, n.
    1. A kick; a blow with the foot. [R.]
    
             What defence can properly be used in such a
             despicable encounter as this but either the slap or
             the spurn?                            --Milton.
    
    2. Disdainful rejection; contemptuous tratment.
    
             The insolence of office and the spurns That patient
             merit of the unworthy takes.          --Shak.
    
    3. (Mining) A body of coal left to sustain an overhanding
       mass.
    
    
 

 

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