From Afrikaans, from Dutch spoor, akin to Old English and Old Norse spor (whence Danish spor), and German Spur, all from Proto-Germanic *spurą. Compare spurn.
spoor (usually uncountable, plural spoors)
- 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.
spoor (third-person singular simple present spoors, present participle spooring, simple past and past participle spoored)
- (transitive) To track an animal by following its spoor
From Middle Dutch spor, from Old Dutch *spor, from Proto-Germanic *spurą, from Proto-Indo-European *sperH-.
spoor n (plural sporen, diminutive spoortje n)
- railway track
- lead, trail, clue
From Middle Dutch spore, from Old Dutch *sporo from Proto-Germanic *spurô, from Proto-Indo-European *sperH-.
spoor f (plural sporen, diminutive spoortje n)