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(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.



spoor (usually uncountable, plural spoors)

  1. The track, trail, droppings or scent of an animal
    • 1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World[1]:
      We all stopped to examine that monstrous spoor. If it were indeed a bird - and what animal could leave such a mark? - its foot was so much larger than an ostrich's that its height upon the same scale must be enormous.
    • 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.



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




  • IPA(key): /spoːr/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: spoor
  • Rhymes: -oːr

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch spor, from Old Dutch *spor, from Proto-Germanic *spurą, from Proto-Indo-European *sperH-.


spoor n (plural sporen, diminutive spoortje n)

  1. track
  2. railway track
  3. trace
  4. spoor
  5. lead, trail, clue
Derived terms[edit]
  • Afrikaans: spoor
  • Javanese: sepur
    • Indonesian: sepur (train)
  • Indonesian: sepur (railway track)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Dutch spore, from Old Dutch *sporo from Proto-Germanic *spurô, from Proto-Indo-European *sperH-.


spoor f (plural sporen, diminutive spoortje n)

  1. spur
  2. spore
Derived terms[edit]

Middle English[edit]



  1. Alternative form of spore