What does spurn mean?

Definitions for spurn
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reject, spurn, freeze off, scorn, pooh-pooh, disdain, turn downverb

    reject with contempt

    "She spurned his advances"

Wiktionary

  1. spurnnoun

    An act of spurning; a scornful rejection.

  2. spurnnoun

    A kick.

  3. spurnverb

    To reject disdainfully; contemn; scorn.

  4. spurnverb

    To reject something by pushing it away with the foot.

  5. spurnverb

    To waste; fail to make the most of (an opportunity)

  6. Etymology: From spurnen, spornen, from spurnan, from spurnanan, from sper-. Cognate with spurn, ananspornen, sporna, spyrna, sperno. Related to spur.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Spurnnoun

    Kick; insolent and contemptuous treatment.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The insolence of office, and the spurns
    That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

  2. To Spurnverb

    Etymology: spornan , Saxon.

    They suppos’d I could rend bars of steel,
    And spurn in pieces posts of adamant. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Say my request’s unjust,
    And spurn me back; but if it be not so,
    Thou art not honest. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    You that did void your rheum upon my beard,
    And foot me as you spurn a stranger cur
    Over your threshold. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    He in the surging smoke
    Uplifted spurn’d the ground. John Milton.

    So was I forc’d
    To do a sovereign justice to myself,
    And spurn thee from my presence. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    Then will I draw up my legs, and spurn her from me with my foot. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    A milk-white bull shall at your altars stand,
    That threats a fight, and spurns the rising sand. Alexander Pope.

    When Athens sinks by fates unjust,
    When wild barbarians spurn her dust. Alexander Pope.

    Now they, who reach Parnassus’ lofty crown,
    Employ their pains to spurn some others down. Alexander Pope.

    In wisdom I should ask your name;
    But since thy outside looks so fair and warlike,
    What safe and nicely I might well delay,
    By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn. William Shakespeare.

    Domesticks will pay a more chearful service, when they find themselves not spurned, because fortune has laid them at their masters feet. John Locke.

  3. To Spurnverb

    A son to blunt the sword
    That guards the peace and safety of your person;
    Nay more, to spurn at your most royal image. William Shakespeare.

    I, Pandulph, do religiously demand
    Why thou against the church, our holy mother,
    So wilfully do’st spurn? William Shakespeare, King John.

    Instruct me why
    Vanoc should spurn against our rule, and stir
    The tributary provinces to war. Ambrose Philips, Briton.

    The drunken chairman in the kennel spurns,
    The glasses shatters, and his charge o’erturns. John Gay.

Wikipedia

  1. Spurn

    Spurn is a narrow sand tidal island located off 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 was a spit with a semi-permanent connection to the mainland, but a storm in 2013 made the road down to the end of Spurn impassable to vehicles at high tide.The island is over three miles (five kilometres) long, almost half the width of the estuary at that point, and as little as 50 yards (45 metres) 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 280 acres (113 hectares) above high water and 450 acres (181 hectares) 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.

ChatGPT

  1. spurn

    To spurn means to reject with disdain or contempt. It involves dismissing or turning down something or someone considered unworthy or undesirable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spurnverb

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

  2. Spurnverb

    to reject with disdain; to scorn to receive or accept; to treat with contempt

  3. Spurnverb

    to kick or toss up the heels

  4. Spurnverb

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

  5. Spurnnoun

    a kick; a blow with the foot

  6. Spurnnoun

    disdainful rejection; contemptuous tratment

  7. Spurnnoun

    a body of coal left to sustain an overhanding mass

  8. Etymology: [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. 171. See Spur.]

Wikidata

  1. Spurn

    Spurn Point 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 3 miles long, almost half the width of the estuary at that point, and as little as 50 yards wide in places. The southernmost tip is known as Spurn Head or Spurn Point and is the home to an RNLI lifeboat station and disused lighthouse. It forms part of the civil parish of Easington. Spurn Head covers 280 acres above high water and 450 acres 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spurn

    spurn, v.t. to drive away as with the foot: to kick: to reject with disdain.—n. disdainful rejection.—n. Spurn′er, one who spurns. [A.S. speornan; cog. with spur.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spurn in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spurn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of spurn in a Sentence

  1. William Blum:

    I knew it would help the book's sales and I was not bothered by who it was coming from, if he shares with me a deep dislike for certain aspects of U.S. foreign policy, then I'm not going to spurn any endorsement of the book by him.

  2. Mahabharata:

    Let none with scorn a suppliant meet, Or from the door untended spurn A dog; an outcast kindly treat; And so thou shalt be blest in turn.

  3. Timothy Fox:

    If President Biden is willing to spurn some environmentalists within his base to keep nuclear power alive, it may reinforce his seriousness about achieving the target, and that means natural gas should not expect support as a ‘bridge fuel,’.

  4. Ben Azai:

    Despise not any man, and do not spurn anything for there is no man who has not his hour, nor is there anything that has not its place.

  5. Francois Fenelon:

    If the riches of the Indies, or the crowns of all the kingdom of Europe, were laid at my feet in exchange for my love of reading, I would spurn them all.

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Translations for spurn

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  • Tritt, vertun, mit Füßen treten, verachten, abweisen, Verschmähung, vergeben, treten, verschmähenGerman
  • desdeñarSpanish
  • whakahoe, tīkapeMāori
  • versmadenDutch
  • пинать, презрительно, отвергать, пинок, презрительный, отказRussian
  • försmå, förkasta, avvisaSwedish
  • tepmek, tenezzül etmemek, çifte, burun kıvırmakTurkish

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