hotspur

[ hot-spur ]
/ ˈhɒtˌspɜr /

noun

an impetuous or reckless person; a hothead.

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Origin of hotspur

1425–75; late Middle English; after Sir Henry Percy, to whom it was applied as a nickname

OTHER WORDS FROM hotspur

hot·spurred, adjective

Definition for hotspur (2 of 2)

Percy
[ pur-see ]
/ ˈpɜr si /

noun

Sir HenryHotspur,1364–1403, English military and rebel leader.
Thomas,1729–1811, English poet and antiquary: bishop of Dromore 1782–1811.
Walker,1916–90, U.S. essayist and novelist.
a male given name, form of Percival.
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British Dictionary definitions for hotspur (1 of 3)

hotspur
/ (ˈhɒtˌspɜː) /

noun

an impetuous or fiery person

Word Origin for hotspur

C15: from Hotspur, nickname of Sir Henry Percy

British Dictionary definitions for hotspur (2 of 3)

Hotspur
/ (ˈhɒtˌspɜː) /

noun

Harry Hotspur the nickname of Sir Henry PercySee Percy

British Dictionary definitions for hotspur (3 of 3)

Percy
/ (ˈpɜːsɪ) /

noun

Sir Henry, known as Harry Hotspur. 1364–1403, English rebel, who was killed leading an army against Henry IV
Thomas. 1729–1811, English bishop and antiquary. His Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) stimulated the interest of Romantic writers in old English and Scottish ballads
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