- 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 spurringarouse, propel, drive, trigger, push, spark, stir, stimulate, urge, awaken, rouse, prick, favor, exhort, goad, impel, countenance, press, rally, animate
Examples from the Web for spurring
Contemporary Examples of spurring
“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
Digital innovation should be spurring the creation of new competitive companies.
When news of the talks leaked to the press, however, Papandreou abruptly pulled out, spurring a round of bitter recriminations.Bromance Subplot to Greek Crisis
David A. Graham
November 5, 2011
The U.S., allied with Afghans, helped defeat the advance of the Red Army in Afghanistan spurring the end of the Cold War.Don't Listen to Experts on Afghanistan
May 28, 2010
Republicans running in 2010 will have to build an agenda centered on spurring job growth.What's Next for the 'Party of No'
December 21, 2009
Historical Examples of spurring
In an instant he was in his saddle and spurring down the valley.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Spurring our horses to a last gallop, we rode up to the gate.The Prisoner of Zenda
It had the effect of spurring my determination to the striking point.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
What force of doom was spurring them on in this race against Life?The Shadow of a Crime
The prince, spurring his gallant steed, pushed on in eager pursuit.Irish Fairy 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