Spurn

Definition of Spurn

Pronunciation: spûrn
v. t.1.To drive back or away, as with the foot; to kick.
[imp. & p. p. Spurned (spûrnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Spurning.]
[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.
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.
n.1.A kick; a blow with the foot.
What defense can properly be used in such a despicable encounter as this but either the slap or the spurn?
- Milton.
2.Disdainful rejection; contemptuous treatment.
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 overhanging mass.

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