spoor

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Afrikaans, from Dutch spoor, akin to Old English and Old Norse spor (whence Danish spor), and German Spur.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

spoor (usually uncountable, plural spoors)

  1. The track, trail, droppings or scent of an animal
    • 1971, William S. Burroughs, The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead, page 10
      Now he has picked up the spoor of drunken vomit and there is the doll sprawled against a wall, his pants streaked with urine.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VIII
      Even poor Nobs appeared dejected as we quit the compound and set out upon the well-marked spoor of the abductor.

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Verb[edit]

spoor (third-person singular simple present spoors, present participle spooring, simple past and past participle spoored)

  1. (transitive) To track an animal by following its spoor

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Dutch *spor, from Proto-Germanic *spurą.

Noun[edit]

spoor n (plural sporen, diminutive spoortje n)

  1. track
  2. railway track
  3. trace
  4. spoor
  5. lead, trail, clue
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

spoor f, m (plural sporen, diminutive spoortje n)

  1. spur
  2. spore
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