verb (used with object), spurred, spur·ring.

verb (used without object), spurred, spur·ring.

to goad or urge one's horse with spurs or a spur; ride quickly.
to proceed hurriedly; press forward: We spurred onward through the night.

Nearby words

  1. spunbonded,
  2. spunk,
  3. spunkie,
  4. spunky,
  5. spunware,
  6. spur blight,
  7. spur gall,
  8. spur gear,
  9. spur gearing,
  10. spur on


    on the spur of the moment, without deliberation; impulsively; suddenly: We headed for the beach on the spur of the moment.
    win one's spurs, to achieve distinction or success for the first time; prove one's ability or worth: Our team hasn't won its spurs yet.

Origin of spur

before 900; (noun) Middle English spure, Old English spura; cognate with Old High German sporo, Old Norse spori spur; akin to spurn; (v.) Middle English spuren, derivative of the noun

Related formsspur·less, adjectivespur·like, adjectivespur·rer, noun



noun Papermaking.

a batch of newly made rag-paper sheets.

Origin of spur

First recorded in 1880–85; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for spur



a pointed device or sharp spiked wheel fixed to the heel of a rider's boot to enable him to urge his horse on
anything serving to urge or encouragethe increase in salary was a spur to their production
a sharp horny projection from the leg just above the claws in male birds, such as the domestic cock
a pointed process in any of various animals; calcar
a tubular extension at the base of the corolla in flowers such as larkspur
a short or stunted branch of a tree
a ridge projecting laterally from a mountain or mountain range
a wooden prop or a masonry reinforcing pier
another name for groyne
Also called: spur track a railway branch line or siding
a short side road leading off a main roada motorway spur
a sharp cutting instrument attached to the leg of a gamecock
on the spur of the moment on impulse
win one's spurs
  1. historyto earn knighthood
  2. to prove one's ability; gain distinction

verb spurs, spurring or spurred

(tr) to goad or urge with or as if with spurs
(intr) to go or ride quickly; press on
(tr) to injure or strike with a spur
(tr) to provide with a spur or spurs

Word Origin for spur

Old English spura; related to Old Norse spori, Old High German sporo

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Word Origin and History for spur
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Medicine definitions for spur




A spine or projection from a bone.

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Science definitions for spur



A small ridge that projects sharply from the side of a larger hill or mountain.
A projection from a bone, as on the heel of the foot.
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Idioms and Phrases with spur


In addition to the idiom beginning with spur

  • spur on

also see:

  • on the spur of the moment
  • win one's spurs
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