[ spoo r, spawr, spohr ]
/ spʊər, spɔr, spoʊr /


a track or trail, especially that of a wild animal pursued as game.

verb (used with or without object)

to track by or follow a spoor.


Nearby words

  1. spoonerism,
  2. spooney,
  3. spoonful,
  4. spoonworm,
  5. spoony,
  6. spor-,
  7. sporades,
  8. sporadic,
  9. sporangiophore,
  10. sporangiospore

Origin of spoor

1815–25; < Afrikaans spoor < Dutch; cognate with Old English, Old Norse spor, German Spur; cf. speer

Related formsspoor·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for spoor


/ (spʊə, spɔː) /


the trail of an animal or person, esp as discernible to the human eye


to track (an animal) by following its trail
Derived Formsspoorer, noun

Word Origin for spoor

C19: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch spor; related to Old English spor track, Old High German spor; see spur

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Word Origin and History for spoor



"track, trace," 1823, from Afrikaans spoor, from Middle Dutch spor, cognate with Old English spor "footprint, track, trace" (see spurn).

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