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spur

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[ spur ]
/ spɜr /
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Definition of spur

noun
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.
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Idioms about spur

    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

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First recorded before 900; Middle English noun spore, spor(re), Old English spora, spura; cognate with Old High German sporo, Old Norse spori “spur”; verb derivative of the noun; akin to spurn

OTHER WORDS FROM spur

spurless, adjectivespurlike, adjectivespurrer, noun

Other definitions for spur (2 of 2)

spur2
[ spur ]
/ spɜr /

noun Papermaking.
a batch of newly made rag-paper sheets.

Origin of spur

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First recorded in 1880–85; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for spur

spur
/ (spɜː) /

noun
verb spurs, spurring or spurred

Word Origin for spur

Old English spura; related to Old Norse spori, Old High German sporo
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Scientific definitions for spur

spur
[ spûr ]

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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