Definition of spur noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//spɜː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɜːr//
    Railway tracks and stations, Mountains and valleys, Equine sports
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  1. 1a sharp pointed object that riders sometimes wear on the heels of their boots and use to encourage their horse to go faster He dug his spurs into the horse’s sides. See related entries: Equine sports
  2. 2[usually singular] spur (to something) a fact or an event that makes you want to do something better or more quickly synonym motivation His speech was a powerful spur to action. A few encouraging words might provide just the spur she needs.
  3. 3an area of high ground that sticks out from a mountain or hill See related entries: Mountains and valleys
  4. 4a road or a railway/railroad track that leads from the main road or line See related entries: Railway tracks and stations
  5. Word OriginOld English spora, spura, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch spoor and German Sporn, also to spurn.Extra examples The research provided a spur for reform. a spur to action A few words from you might provide just the spur she needs.Idioms
    on the spur of the moment
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    suddenly, without planning in advance I phoned him up on the spur of the moment. a spur-of-the-moment decision
    (formal) to achieve fame or success
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spur