- a slender, usually hollow, projection from some part of a flower, as from the calyx of the larkspur or the corolla of the violet.
- Also called spur shoot.a short shoot bearing flowers, as in fruit trees.
- a short wooden brace, usually temporary, for strengthening a post or some other part.
- any offset from a wall, as a buttress.
verb (used with object), spurred, spur·ring.
verb (used without object), spurred, spur·ring.
Origin of spur1
Synonyms for spur
Antonyms for spur
Origin of spur2
Related Words for spurarouse, propel, drive, trigger, push, spark, stir, stimulate, urge, motivation, prick, impetus, needle, goad, incentive, inducement, catalyst, impulse, motive, incitation
Examples from the Web for spur
Contemporary Examples of spur
And for those seeking a quick fix: Studies show that light therapy can spur a mood lift in just several days.9 Ways to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
December 5, 2014
Though it had been meant to spur innovation, she said, “it became obvious that the law was actually working in reverse.”Here Come the Smart Guns: Will New Jersey Soon Have to Sell Safer Guns?
September 23, 2014
Nonetheless, Zarif said that any U.S. ground presence in Iraq would likely spur opposition.Iran Warns Obama to Stay Out of Iraq
September 18, 2014
“I think I sometimes acted as a spur, even though the spurring was not always wanted or welcome,” she said.Channeling Eleanor
September 9, 2014
Instead of suppressing turnout, the law seemed to spur people to go to the polls.Cleveland, LeBron James, and the 2016 Republican Convention
July 14, 2014
Historical Examples of spur
How can you think of such funny things on the spur of the moment?Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
You gents feed your hosses the spur and leave the thinkin' to me.Way of the Lawless
Yet what can I say, for all men know that your valor needs the curb and not the spur.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He struck the rivet such a blow that he snapped one shank of his spur short off.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
David Macy's house stood on the spur of a breezy upland at the end of a road.Tiverton Tales
- historyto earn knighthood
- to prove one's ability; gain distinction
verb spurs, spurring or spurred
Word Origin for spur
Old English spura, spora (related to spurnan "to kick," see spurn), from Proto-Germanic *spuron (cf. Old Norse spori, Middle Dutch spore, Dutch spoor, Old High German sporo, German Sporn "spur"), from PIE *spere- "ankle" (see spurn).
Generalized sense of "anything that urges on, stimulus," is from late 14c. Meaning "a ridge projecting off a mountain mass" is recorded from 1650s. "Widely extended senses ... are characteristic of a horsey race." [Weekley] Expression on the spur of the moment (1801) preserves archaic phrase on the spur "in great haste" (1520s). To win one's spurs is to gain knighthood by some valorous act, gilded spurs being the distinctive mark of a knight.
c.1200, from spur (n.). Related: Spurred; spurring.
In addition to the idiom beginning with spur
- spur on
- on the spur of the moment
- win one's spurs