(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium. Particularly: “Any dates and refs for this?”) From Afrikaans spoor, from Dutch spoor, akin to Old English and Old Norse spor (whence Danish spor), and German Spur, all from Proto-Germanic *spurą. Compare spurn.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /spʊə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /spʊɹ/, /spɔɹ/
- Homophones: spore (in some accents)
- The track, trail, droppings or scent of an animal
- 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.
- 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.
- (transitive) To track an animal by following its spoor
- Afrikaans: spoor
- → English: spoor
- → Javanese: sepur
- Indonesian: sepur (“train”)
- → Indonesian: sepur (“railway track”)
- Alternative form of