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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spurspɜr(n.; v.)spurred, spur•ring.

  1. (n.)aU-shaped device fitted with a pointed projection, secured to the heel of a boot, and used by a rider to urge a horse forward.

  2. something that goads to action.

  3. Ref: climbing iron.

  4. a stiff, usu. sharp, horny process on the leg of various birds, esp. the domestic rooster, or on the bend of the wing, as in jacanas and screamers.

    Category: Ornithology

  5. an abnormal bony growth or projection.

    Category: Pathology

  6. a gaff fastened to the leg of a gamecock.

    Category: Sport

  7. a ridge or line of elevation projecting from or subordinate to the main body of a mountain or mountain range.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  8. a short or stunted branch or shoot, as of a tree.

  9. a slender, usu. hollow projection from some part of a flower. a short shoot bearing flowers.

    Category: Botany

  10. Archit. a short wooden brace for strengthening a post or other part. any offset from a wall, as a buttress.

    Category: Architecture

  11. a short branch track leading from the main track.

    Category: Railroads

  12. (v.t.)to prick with or as if with a spur or spurs; incite or urge on.

  13. to furnish with spurs or a spur.

  14. (v.i.)to goad or urge one's horse with spurs.

  15. to proceed hurriedly; press forward.

Idioms for spur:

  1. on the spur of the moment,impulsively; suddenly.

    Category: Idiom

  2. win one's spurs,to achieve distinction or success for the first time.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of spur:

bef. 900; OE spura, c. OS, OHG sporo, ON spori spur; akin to spurn

Princeton's WordNet

  1. goad, goading, prod, prodding, urging, spur, spurring(noun)

    a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something

    "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves"

  2. spur, spine, acantha(noun)

    any sharply pointed projection

  3. spur(noun)

    tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers

  4. spur, gad(noun)

    a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward

    "cowboys know not to squat with their spurs on"

  5. branch line, spur track, spur(verb)

    a railway line connected to a trunk line

  6. spur(verb)

    incite or stimulate

    "The Academy was formed to spur research"

  7. spur, goad(verb)

    give heart or courage to

  8. spur(verb)

    strike with a spur

  9. spur(verb)

    goad with spurs

    "the rider spurred his horse"

  10. spur(verb)

    equip with spurs

    "spur horses"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spur(noun)ɜr

    quickly and without planning

    We decided to drive to the beach on the spur of the moment.

  2. spur(verb)ɜr

    to encourage or push sb to do sth

    His guilt spurred him to call her.; His past failures spurred him on.


  1. spur(Noun)

    A rigid implement, often roughly y-shaped, that is fixed to one's heel for purpose of prodding a horse. Often worn by, and emblematic of, the cowboy or the knight.

  2. spur(Noun)

    Anything that inspires or motivates, as a spur does to a horse.

  3. spur(Noun)

    An appendage or spike pointing rearward, near the foot, for instance that of a rooster.

  4. spur(Noun)

    Any protruding part connected at one end, for instance a highway that extends from another highway into a city.

  5. spur(Noun)

    Roots, tree roots.

  6. spur(Verb)

    To prod (especially a horse) in the side or flank, with the intent to urge motion or haste, to gig.

  7. spur(Verb)

    To urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous pursuit of an object; to incite; to stimulate; to instigate; to impel; to drive.

  8. spur(Verb)

    To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.

  9. Spur(Noun)

    someone connected with Tottenham Hotspur FC, as a fan, player, coach etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spur(noun)

    a sparrow

  2. Spur(noun)

    a tern

  3. Spur(noun)

    an implement secured to the heel, or above the heel, of a horseman, to urge the horse by its pressure. Modern spurs have a small wheel, or rowel, with short points. Spurs were the badge of knighthood

  4. Spur(noun)

    that which goads to action; an incitement

  5. Spur(noun)

    something that projects; a snag

  6. Spur(noun)

    one of the large or principal roots of a tree

  7. Spur(noun)

    any stiff, sharp spine, as on the wings and legs of certain burds, on the legs of insects, etc.; especially, the spine on a cock's leg

  8. Spur(noun)

    a mountain that shoots from any other mountain, or range of mountains, and extends to some distance in a lateral direction, or at right angles

  9. Spur(noun)

    a spiked iron worn by seamen upon the bottom of the boot, to enable them to stand upon the carcass of a whale, to strip off the blubber

  10. Spur(noun)

    a brace strengthening a post and some connected part, as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut

  11. Spur(noun)

    the short wooden buttress of a post

  12. Spur(noun)

    a projection from the round base of a column, occupying the angle of a square plinth upon which the base rests, or bringing the bottom bed of the base to a nearly square form. It is generally carved in leafage

  13. Spur(noun)

    any projecting appendage of a flower looking like a spur

  14. Spur(noun)

    ergotized rye or other grain

  15. Spur(noun)

    a wall that crosses a part of a rampart and joins to an inner wall

  16. Spur(noun)

    a piece of timber fixed on the bilge ways before launching, having the upper ends bolted to the vessel's side

  17. Spur(noun)

    a curved piece of timber serving as a half to support the deck where a whole beam can not be placed

  18. Spur(verb)

    to prick with spurs; to incite to a more hasty pace; to urge or goad; as, to spur a horse

  19. Spur(verb)

    to urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous pursuit of an object; to incite; to stimulate; to instigate; to impel; to drive

  20. Spur(verb)

    to put spurs on; as, a spurred boot

  21. Spur(verb)

    to spur on one' horse; to travel with great expedition; to hasten; hence, to press forward in any pursuit


  1. Spur

    Spur is a city in Dickens County, Texas, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 1,088. On October 9, 2009, Spur celebrated its centennial with the dedication of a Giant Spur sculpture. The Giant Spur was built by local welder John Grusendorf. The event, sponsored by the Dickens County Historical Commission, was held at Dyess Park off U.S. Highway 70.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SPUR' in Nouns Frequency: #2780

Translations for SPUR

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small instrument with a sharp point or points that a rider wears on his heels and digs into the horse's sides to make it go faster.

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