from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn. See Synonyms at refuse1.
  • transitive v. To kick at or tread on disdainfully.
  • intransitive v. To reject something contemptuously.
  • n. A contemptuous rejection.
  • n. Archaic A kick.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To reject disdainfully; contemn; scorn.
  • v. To reject something by pushing it away with the foot.
  • v. To waste; fail to make the most of (an opportunity)
  • n. An act of spurning; a scornful rejection.
  • n. A kick; a blow with the foot.
  • n. Disdainful rejection; contemptuous treatment.
  • n. A body of coal left to sustain an overhanding mass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kick; a blow with the foot.
  • n. Disdainful rejection; contemptuous treatment.
  • n. A body of coal left to sustain an overhanging mass.
  • intransitive v. To kick or toss up the heels.
  • intransitive v. To manifest disdain in rejecting anything; to make contemptuous opposition or resistance.
  • transitive v. To drive back or away, as with the foot; to kick.
  • transitive v. To reject with disdain; to scorn to receive or accept; to treat with contempt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To kick against; kick; drive back or away with the foot.
  • To strike against.
  • To reject with disdain; scorn to receive or consort with; treat with contempt.
  • To kick.
  • To dash the foot against something: light on something unexpectedly; stumble.
  • To dash; rush.
  • To manifest disdain or contempt in rejecting anything; make contemptuous opposition; manifest contempt or disdain in resistance.
  • To spur.
  • n. A blow with the foot; a kick.
  • n. A stumble; a fall.
  • n. Disdainful rejection; contemptuous treatment.
  • n. In mining, one of the narrow pillars or connections left between the holings, and not cut away until just before the withdrawal of the sprags.
  • n. A spur.
  • n. A piece of wood having one end inserted in the ground, and the other nailed at an angle to a gate-post, for the purpose of strengthening or supporting it.
  • n. An evil spirit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. reject with contempt


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English spurnen, from Old English spurnan; see sperə- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English spurnen, spornen, from Old English spurnan ("to strike against, kick, spurn, reject; stumble"), from Proto-Germanic *spurnanan (“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.


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