- 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 spursarouse, propel, drive, trigger, push, spark, stir, stimulate, urge, motivation, prick, impetus, needle, goad, incentive, inducement, catalyst, impulse, motive, incitation
Examples from the Web for spurs
Contemporary Examples of spurs
His top five, separated by just 2.67 points, are the Thunder, Pacers, Spurs, Clippers and Heat.Kevin Durant Is Poised For NBA Supremacy
February 20, 2014
To the extent that The Burglary helps to push that along and spurs calls for real reform, it should be required reading.They’ve Always Been Watching You
January 9, 2014
We Americans are still pretty strong on eroticism, but all too often it is fear that spurs us or restrains us.How to Fight for Freedom in 2014
December 29, 2013
When more women enter the workforce, it spurs innovation, increases productivity, and grows the economy.Hillary Clinton: No ‘Dignity’ in Violence
September 24, 2012
News like this spurs social criticism and debate on the faults of modern society.Behind China's Killing Spree
May 17, 2010
Historical Examples of spurs
It was all in his favour that he should have been forced at first to win his spurs as an actor.The Man Shakespeare
We are now in the region of the Causses; around us rise the spurs of Sauveterre and Svrac.The Roof of France
The boy on Lucretia is jabbing her with the spurs, and she's cutting up.
With the Porters it was jingle of spurs, and stride of the horse.
She'll buy her some spurs and try to rope and cut out and help brand.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
- 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