follow Dictionary.com

Hone in vs. home in? What's the difference?

spoor

[spoo r, spawr, spohr] /spʊər, spɔr, spoʊr/
noun
1.
a track or trail, especially that of a wild animal pursued as game.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to track by or follow a spoor.
Origin of spoor
1815-1825
1815-25; < Afrikaans spoor < Dutch; cognate with Old English, Old Norse spor, German Spur; cf. speer
Related forms
spoorer, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for spoor
Historical Examples
  • We did not find you among the dead, so we followed your spoor.

    Gods of the North Robert E. Howard
  • Now they were casting about for a sign, like bloodhounds seeking the spoor of an enemy.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • They might discover the spoor of his horse, and come to him.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • They continued to follow the "spoor" of the two hounds, left so plainly for their guidance.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • We looked carefully for traces of spoor, yard by yard along the sand fringing the water.

    Tales of South Africa H.A. Bryden
  • Do you think, Congo, we had better follow the spoor we made in coming here?

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • The wound, bound with leaves to prevent its leaving a spoor which might be followed, evidently was becoming steadily more painful.

    The Thing in the Attic James Benjamin Blish
  • The spoor of the waggons ran in the direction I wished to go, so I followed it.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • "It is all right here, anyway," said Hadden, pointing to the spoor that ran straight forward printed deep in the marshy ground.

    Black Heart and White Heart H. Rider Haggard
  • We started on along the stream, following the spoor of the baboons as we best could.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for spoor

spoor

/spʊə; spɔː/
noun
1.
the trail of an animal or person, esp as discernible to the human eye
verb
2.
to track (an animal) by following its trail
Derived Forms
spoorer, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch spor; related to Old English spor track, Old High German spor; see spur
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for spoor
n.

"track, trace," 1823, from Afrikaans spoor, from Middle Dutch spor, cognate with Old English spor "footprint, track, trace" (see spurn).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for spoor

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for spoor

7
8
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for spoor