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[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
1815-1825
1815-25; < Afrikaans spoor < Dutch; cognate with Old English, Old Norse spor, German Spur; cf. speer
Related forms
spoorer, noun
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  • They are looking for their dinner and sooner or later they'll catch our spoor.
  • His traces and spoor and fingerprints are to be found all over the work of those whom he so strongly mentored.
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
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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).

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