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hotspur

[hot-spur] /ˈhɒtˌspɜr/
noun
1.
an impetuous or reckless person; a hothead.
Origin of hotspur
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; after Sir Henry Percy, to whom it was applied as a nickname
Related forms
hotspurred, adjective

Percy

[pur-see] /ˈpɜr si/
noun
1.
Sir Henry ("Hotspur") 1364–1403, English military and rebel leader.
2.
Thomas, 1729–1811, English poet and antiquary: bishop of Dromore 1782–1811.
3.
Walker, 1916–90, U.S. essayist and novelist.
4.
a male given name, form of Percival.
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  • They called at the hotspur office and asked to see Mr. Wingfield.

    A Duet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • One condition she insisted on, however, namely, that Arthur should be her hotspur.

    Evenings at Donaldson Manor Maria J. McIntosh
  • "Give me an account of what has happened," hotspur said, frowning.

    Both Sides the Border G. A. Henty
  • hotspur must, therefore, have been born between the end of October 1365 and the end of October 1366.

    Henry of Monmouth, Volume 1 J. Endell Tyler
  • hotspur himself was killed, and among the slain were 'the most part of the knights and squires of the county of Chester'.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • "I tell you, Captain hotspur, that you're not to go," she said to him.

  • But she was a hotspur; and though she could be generous, she could not yield.

  • She had given her word; and that, for a hotspur, must be enough.

  • Was this Annixter who spoke—the hotspur of the League, the quarrelsome, irascible fellow who loved and sought a quarrel?

    The Octopus Frank Norris
British Dictionary definitions for hotspur

hotspur

/ˈhɒtˌspɜː/
noun
1.
an impetuous or fiery person
Word Origin
C15: from Hotspur, nickname of Sir Henry Percy

Hotspur

/ˈhɒtˌspɜː/
noun
1.
Harry Hotspur, the nickname of Sir Henry Percy See Percy

Percy

/ˈpɜːsɪ/
noun
1.
Sir Henry, known as Harry Hotspur. 1364–1403, English rebel, who was killed leading an army against Henry IV
2.
Thomas. 1729–1811, English bishop and antiquary. His Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) stimulated the interest of Romantic writers in old English and Scottish ballads
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