Educalingo cookies are used to personalize ads and get web traffic statistics. We also share information about the use of the site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners.
Got it
Search
All real freedom springs from necessity, for it can be gained only through the exercise of the individual will, and that will can be roused to energetic action only by the force of necessity acting upon it from the outside to spur it to effort.
Anna C. Brackett

Meaning of "spur" in the English dictionary

Dictionary
DICTIONARY
section

ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SPUR

Old English spura; related to Old Norse spori, Old High German sporo.
info
Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
facebooktwitterpinterestwhatsapp
section

PRONUNCIATION OF SPUR

spur  [spɜː] play
facebooktwitterpinterestwhatsapp

GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SPUR

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Spur is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb spur in English.

WHAT DOES SPUR MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Spur

A spur is a metal tool designed to be worn in pairs on the heels of riding boots for the purpose of directing a horse to move forward or laterally while riding. It is usually used to refine the riding aids and to back up the natural aids. The spur is used in every equestrian discipline. There are rules in most equestrian organizations about spur design, use and penalties for using spurs in any manner that constitutes animal abuse.

Definition of spur in the English dictionary

The first definition of spur in the dictionary is a pointed device or sharp spiked wheel fixed to the heel of a rider's boot to enable him to urge his horse on. Other definition of spur is anything serving to urge or encourage. Spur is also a sharp horny projection from the leg just above the claws in male birds, such as the domestic cock.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO SPUR

PRESENT

Present
I spur
you spur
he/she/it spurs
we spur
you spur
they spur
Present continuous
I am spurring
you are spurring
he/she/it is spurring
we are spurring
you are spurring
they are spurring
Present perfect
I have spurred
you have spurred
he/she/it has spurred
we have spurred
you have spurred
they have spurred
Present perfect continuous
I have been spurring
you have been spurring
he/she/it has been spurring
we have been spurring
you have been spurring
they have been spurring
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I spurred
you spurred
he/she/it spurred
we spurred
you spurred
they spurred
Past continuous
I was spurring
you were spurring
he/she/it was spurring
we were spurring
you were spurring
they were spurring
Past perfect
I had spurred
you had spurred
he/she/it had spurred
we had spurred
you had spurred
they had spurred
Past perfect continuous
I had been spurring
you had been spurring
he/she/it had been spurring
we had been spurring
you had been spurring
they had been spurring
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will spur
you will spur
he/she/it will spur
we will spur
you will spur
they will spur
Future continuous
I will be spurring
you will be spurring
he/she/it will be spurring
we will be spurring
you will be spurring
they will be spurring
Future perfect
I will have spurred
you will have spurred
he/she/it will have spurred
we will have spurred
you will have spurred
they will have spurred
Future perfect continuous
I will have been spurring
you will have been spurring
he/she/it will have been spurring
we will have been spurring
you will have been spurring
they will have been spurring
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would spur
you would spur
he/she/it would spur
we would spur
you would spur
they would spur
Conditional continuous
I would be spurring
you would be spurring
he/she/it would be spurring
we would be spurring
you would be spurring
they would be spurring
Conditional perfect
I would have spur
you would have spur
he/she/it would have spur
we would have spur
you would have spur
they would have spur
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been spurring
you would have been spurring
he/she/it would have been spurring
we would have been spurring
you would have been spurring
they would have been spurring
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you spur
we let´s spur
you spur
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to spur
Past participle
spurred
Present Participle
spurring
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SPUR


casspir
ˈkæspɜː
cockspur
ˈkɒkˌspɜː
hotspur
ˈhɒtˌspɜː
larkspur
ˈlɑːkˌspɜː
longspur
ˈlɒŋˌspɜː
per
pɜː
purr
pɜː
sandspur
ˈsændˌspɜː
sperre
spɜː

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SPUR

spunky
spur gear
spur track
spur veins
spur wheel
spur-gall
spur-of-the-moment
spurdog
spurge
spurge laurel
spuriae
spuriosity
spurious
spuriously
spuriousness
spurless
spurn
spurner
spurred
spurrey

WORDS THAT END LIKE SPUR

Bahawalpur
Bhagalpur
Bijapur
Durgapur
Gorakhpur
Jabalpur
Jaipur
Jamshedpur
Jodhpur
Kanpur
Kolhapur
Kuala Lumpur
Manipur
Nagpur
Nippur
Nishapur
Rampur
Shahjahanpur
Udaipur
Yom Kippur

Synonyms and antonyms of spur in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SPUR»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «spur» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of spur

Translation of «spur» into 25 languages

TRANSLATOR
online translator

TRANSLATION OF SPUR

Find out the translation of spur to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of spur from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «spur» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

鼓动
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

estimular
570 millions of speakers

English

spur
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

प्रेरणा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مهماز
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

шпора
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

estimular
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উদ্দীপনা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

inciter
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Memacu
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

anspornen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

拍車をかける
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

자극하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Spur
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thúc đẩy
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

துருத்த
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

उत्तेजन देणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

mahmuz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

spronare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ostroga
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

шпора
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pinten
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κέντρισμα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

Spur
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

sporre
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

anspore
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of spur

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SPUR»

The term «spur» is very widely used and occupies the 14.115 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
0
100%
FREQUENCY
Very widely used
94
/100
The map shown above gives the frequency of use of the term «spur» in the different countries.
Principal search tendencies and common uses of spur
List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «spur».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SPUR» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «spur» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «spur» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about spur

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «SPUR»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word spur.
1
Louis Bacon
Much like the conservationists who previously have received the Audubon Medal, including Stewart Udall, Rachel Carson and Ted Turner, I realize that this recognition cannot be a cause to rest, but a spur to continue our work.
2
Margaret Beckett
My husband and I have enjoyed many summer holidays on the Continent, and many people say that their most memorable trips have been the journeys made on the spur of the moment.
3
Carol Bellamy
Instant telecommunication allows better and updated information, lessons learnt and problems encountered to be exchanged and debated, it alerts us more quickly to problems and brings to many households around the world visions and information which hopefully spur us to action.
4
Cyrano de Bergerac
'And for my part, Gentlemen,' said I, 'that I may put in for a share, and guess with the rest; not to amuse myself with those curious Notions wherewith you tickle and spur on slow-paced Time; I believe, that the Moon is a World like ours, to which this of ours serves likewise for a Moon.'
5
Kenneth Blackwell
In order to spur economic growth we need to put the brakes on out of control spending, lower Ohioans tax burden and create a most efficient and effective government.
6
Mike Bouchard
That tax relief can spur the economy and thereby benefit all Americans is something that Washington Democrats used to understand. President Kennedy, for example, aggressively cut taxes after being elected to stimulate the economy as a means of helping all Americans.
7
Anna C. Brackett
All real freedom springs from necessity, for it can be gained only through the exercise of the individual will, and that will can be roused to energetic action only by the force of necessity acting upon it from the outside to spur it to effort.
8
Eric Cantona
The pressure people put on themselves and the rivalry between the teams is much more marked. And I think that's a good thing. As long as that rivalry remains within the spirit of competition, it con only spur everyone on.
9
George Carey
I think what has happened, actually, is that September 11 has given a spur, a renewed urgency, to dialogue between the great faiths.
10
Robert Carlyle
Hunger's a great spur.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SPUR»

Discover the use of spur in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to spur and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Hang Spur McCoy
The adventures of Spur McCoy, the outlaw-tracking cowboy who always finds time for the women of the Wild West.
Dirk Fletcher, 1986
2
Spur: Rocky Mountain Vamp, Cathouse Kitten
The adventures of Spur McCoy, the outlaw-tracking cowboy who always finds time for the women of the Wild West.
Dirk Fletcher, 1989
3
How Dysfunctional Families Spur Mental Disorders: A Balanced ...
This book examines the role of dysfunctional family interactions in the genesis and maintenance of certain behavioral problems.
David M. Allen MD, 2010
4
Cowboy Spur Maker: The Story of Ed Blanchard
Together, Pattie and Kelly tell the story of spur making as experienced by one of its more prolific practitioners in the early part of the twentieth century.
Jane Pattie, Tom Kelly, 2008
5
The Quirt and the Spur: Vanishing Shadows of the Texas Frontier
Rye, who intended the work to bring pleasure to old friends, never anticipated that it would be taken as history.
Edgar Rye, 1909
6
The Brush and the Spur: Chinese Culture and the Cockfight
In both the literal and metaphorical senses, it seemed as if 1970s America was running out of gas.
Robert Joe Cutter, 1989
7
Perseus Spur: An Adventure of The Rampart Worlds
As Helmut follows the tangled strands of deceit, greed, and violence back to their common source, he begins to wonder if he is the hunter or the hunted . . . From the Paperback edition.
Julian May, 2010
8
Spur-Of-The-Moment Games
"Spur-of-the-Moment Games" has loads of games that help keep learning fun! The variety of games help meet the unique needs of class sizes and settings, all with no teacher preparation required!
Mary J. Davis, 2004
9
Savage Sisters - Hang Spur McCoy!
The adventures of Spur McCoy, the outlaw-tracking cowboy who always finds time for the women of the Wild West.
Dirk Fletcher, 2006
10
Spur of the Moment Preschool Activities
Spur-of-the-Moment Preschool Activities gives you all the tools you need to keep the minds and hands of preschool children interested and learning.
Mary J. Davis, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SPUR»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term spur is used in the context of the following news items.
1
NY Thruway contractor injured in fall on Berkshire Spur bridge
COEYMANS >> State police say a contract worker has been injured in a fall on the bridge that carries the Thruway's Berkshire Spur over the Hudson River. «The Daily Freeman, Jul 15»
2
Edens Spur reopens after crash near Skokie Blvd
#SkyCam9 is catching cars trying to backtrack on the Edens Spur ramp, due to ALL LANES shut down approaching I-94. pic.twitter.com/qgVM6RzfXv. «WGN-TV, Jul 15»
3
Bentley introduces oddly-named Flying Spur V8 Beluga Specification
Airbus builds a huge freighter called A300-600ST Beluga, and Bentley has just added a new trim level called Beluga Specification to the Flying Spur V8 lineup. «Digital Trends, Jun 15»
4
Texas Rangers seeking dangerous fugitive connected to Spur
Trevino, who is from Wellington, was last seen leaving a residence in the 500 block of Calvert Street in Spur. He was traveling in a red 2006 Chevrolet Duramax ... «LubbockOnline.com, May 15»
5
Anthony Recker has bone spur in elbow
He may have the spur removed at the end of the season, although Recker ... from a chip breaking off a preexisting bone spur, although he cannot pinpoint a ... «ESPN, Apr 15»
6
HS2: Heathrow spur plans dropped by transport minister
Previously the government had said any decision about the Heathrow spur would be delayed until the Davies Commission's report on future UK airport capacity ... «BBC News, Mar 15»
7
Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur gain design updates and …
Bentley has announced a raft of updates to its Continental GT and Flying Spur range for the 2015 model year, ahead of the cars debuting in the flesh at next ... «AutoExpress, Feb 15»
8
Fake Spur robbery goes sour
Cape Town - Patrons at the Spur in Worcester say they were served a raw deal when they became the unwitting participants in a staged robbery. Customers ... «Independent Online, Feb 15»
9
Low oil price won't spur global growth: Moody's
Lower oil prices will be sustained throughout 2015 but don't expect any boost for the majority of the world's countries, according to a global growth forecast from ... «CNBC, Feb 15»
10
Supervisors approve rail spur for CertainTeed
"This lease for the rail spur is for 10 years and it is for CertainTeed, a company that is investing $24 million and will add 110 new jobs for Lauderdale County," ... «Meridian Star, Feb 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Spur [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/spur>. Aug 2019 ».
en
English dictionary
Discover all that is hidden in the words on
index
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z