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[spoo r, spawr, spohr]
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  1. a track or trail, especially that of a wild animal pursued as game.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to track by or follow a spoor.
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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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Related Words for spoor

footprint, track, odor, scent, trace

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Historical Examples of spoor

  • Now they were casting about for a sign, like bloodhounds seeking the spoor of an enemy.

    Lords of the Stratosphere

    Arthur J. Burks

  • They continued to follow the "spoor" of the two hounds, left so plainly for their guidance.


    Alan Douglas

  • At the end of April the spoor of two foxes was seen in the snow.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • They might discover the spoor of his horse, and come to him.

  • Amongst other spoor, he was pleased to observe that of the hippopotamus.

British Dictionary definitions for spoor


  1. the trail of an animal or person, esp as discernible to the human eye
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  1. to track (an animal) by following its trail
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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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