Origin of spurred
- 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
Related Words for spurredarouse, propel, drive, trigger, push, spark, stir, stimulate, urge, awaken, rouse, prick, favor, exhort, goad, impel, countenance, press, rally, animate
Examples from the Web for spurred
Contemporary Examples of spurred
That action ignited protests that rocked Wisconsin and spurred a recall—only the second recall of a governor in U.S. history.The Next Phase of the Koch Brothers’ War on Unions
Carl Deal and Tia Lessin
December 22, 2014
But what spurred him to action was a Washington Post study of the post-9/11 veteran population.The Next Greatest Generation
November 18, 2014
Anger about Citizens United has spurred a movement to amend the Constitution to reverse the opinion.Undo Citizens United? We’d Only Scratch the Surface
November 12, 2014
The Republicans, spurred on by the Tea Party, have taken the approach that they will oppose anything proposed by the President.Fixing a Dysfunctional Family: Congress
November 9, 2014
But at the same time, our massive economic inequality has spurred very little serious and visible thinking about alternatives.Why Some Americans Are More Equal Than Others
September 2, 2014
Historical Examples of spurred
He leaned over the saddle and spurred the pinto into his racing gait.Way of the Lawless
Dick, spurred by impulse, left his alcove and entered the room.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Only the emergency could have spurred him to the point of so outrageous an impertinence.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Then he spurred his horse forward and said no more to Stutely.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Another instant and his own mustang was spurred in close by the strugglers.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
- 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