Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Wearing spurs: Spurred riders sat astride sleek mares.
  • adj. Having spurs or a spur: spurred flowers; spurred boots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of spur.
  • adj. Wearing spurs.
  • adj. Furnished with a spur or spurs; having shoots like spurs.
  • adj. Affected with spur, or ergot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wearing spurs; furnished with a spur or spurs; having shoots like spurs.
  • adj. Affected with spur, or ergot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wearing spurs: as, a spurred horseman.
  • In ornithology:
  • Having unusually long claws: as, the spurred towhee.
  • Having spurs; calcarate. See spur, n., 3 .
  • Spur-heeled.
  • Spur-winged.
  • In mammal., herpet., and entomology, having spurs of any kind; calearate.
  • In botany, producing or provided with a spur; calcarate.

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Examples

  • Tessa and I were given $100 cash to read a script in November 2000, a script so bad that even the title spurred paroxysms of fitful laughter (I'd say which script it was, but this blog has gotten me into enough trouble this week already).

    2/9/03 Day 50 of the

  • Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's (D) surprise announcement Tuesday that he will not seek another term spurred widespread speculation that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will run for the job.

    Home/News

  • "To the Lord of all the Mountains," she answered, with a smile that was sweet yet very sad; and without another word spurred on her horse.

    The Brethren

  • It is true that he spoke of premiers and peers with contempt; that he hesitated to take off his hat in the theatre, to the air of "God save the king;" that he refused to drink the health of Pitt, saying he preferred that of Washington -- a far greater man; that he wrote bitter words against that combination of princes, who desired to put down freedom in France; that he said the titled spurred and the wealthy switched England and Scotland like two hack-horses; and that all the high places of the land, instead of being filled by genius and talent, were occupied, as were the high-places of Israel, with idols of wood or of stone.

    The Complete Works of Robert Burns: Containing his Poems, Songs, and Correspondence. With a New Life of the Poet, and Notices, Critical and Biographical by Allan Cunningham

  • Joyce's blown call spurred more intelligent, non-shrill, non-snarky commentary among Americans than Deepwater Horizon, Gaza, or North Korea.

    Simon Maxwell Apter: Armando Galarraga, Perfect Games, and Major League History

  • Messrs. Hassan and Saunders will be taking over amid a restructuring process that began in 2006 after a contact-lens solution recall spurred lawsuits.

    Lomb Names a New CEO and New Chairman

  • Messrs. Hassan and Saunders are taking the reins amid a restructuring process that began in 2006 after a contact-lens solution recall spurred lawsuits.

    Corporate Watch

  • Throw in the baseball playoffs, in which the most conspicuous of a number of bad calls spurred the home team Chicago White Sox on to victory.

    Play it Again, NFL

  • BASH: GOP Senator Trent Lott is getting bombarded with angry calls spurred by fellow conservatives.

    CNN Transcript Jun 20, 2007

  • Call spurred his horse, and bent low as she raced.

    The Lonesome Dove Series

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