- a person who spies, watches, or discovers.
Origin of spier1
or speir, spier
- Chiefly Scot. to ask; inquire.
Origin of speer
before 900; Middle English speren, spiren, Old English spyrian to make tracks, trace, ask about; cognate with German spüren, Old Norse spyrja to ask; akin to spoor
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Examples from the Web for spier
I am reading Spier all the time, and the reading provokes a mass of thoughts.
At Spier Falls the head is 80 feet, and at Mechanicsville it is 18 feet.
Eh, lassie, I was gangin' to spier at the lodge, gin there's a bit dog leevin' i' the kirkyaird.
An' syne, wi' the folk comin' to spier for 'im an' swarmin' ower the kirkyaird, ye'd think a warlock was aboot.
From Spier Falls to Albany the electric line is forty miles in length.