- 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.
Words nearby spur
Idioms for spur
Origin of spur1
SYNONYMS FOR spur
OTHER WORDS FROM spurspur·less, adjectivespur·like, adjectivespur·rer, noun
Definition for spurs (2 of 2)
Origin of spur2
Examples from the Web for spurs
His top five, separated by just 2.67 points, are the Thunder, Pacers, Spurs, Clippers and Heat.
To the extent that The Burglary helps to push that along and spurs calls for real reform, it should be required reading.
We Americans are still pretty strong on eroticism, but all too often it is fear that spurs us or restrains us.
When more women enter the workforce, it spurs innovation, increases productivity, and grows the economy.
News like this spurs social criticism and debate on the faults of modern society.
Taigarot perceived this, and the next time Holofernes stuck the spurs in him, he threw the Flame-king.Fairy Tales From all Nations|Anthony R. Montalba
Olisr made a slight bow, clicked his spurs, stroked his moustache several times.The Duel|A. I. Kuprin
The riding-breeches, top-boots, and spurs were such that even Waring could not criticise.Waring's Peril|Charles King
Three sent their spurs into the tired horses and urged them up the hill to head off the bellowing, frenzied herd.The Brand|Therese Broderick
He regretted that he had no spurs to dig into its sides, no curb bit to jerk.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for spurs
- history to earn knighthood
- to prove one's ability; gain distinction
verb spurs, spurring or spurred
Word Origin for spur
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Idioms and Phrases with spurs
In addition to the idiom beginning with spur
- spur on
- on the spur of the moment
- win one's spurs