an impetuous or reckless person; a hothead.

Origin of hotspur

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




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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hotspur

Contemporary Examples of hotspur

  • Hotspur: 
Why, so can I, or so can any man; 
But will they come when you do call for them?

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    The Contraception Fight

    David Frum

    February 9, 2012

Historical Examples of hotspur

  • Hotspur interrupts her by calling the servant and giving him orders.

  • One condition she insisted on, however, namely, that Arthur should be her Hotspur.

  • Footnote 123: The whole of Anglesey was granted to Hotspur for life.

  • Hotspur must, therefore, have been born between the end of October 1365 and the end of October 1366.

  • I forgot to ask what you called him; I've named him Hotspur—he'll never be steady at his fences.


    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for hotspur



an impetuous or fiery person

Word Origin for hotspur

C15: from Hotspur, nickname of Sir Henry Percy



Harry Hotspur the nickname of Sir Henry PercySee Percy



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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