Un spurred


having a spur or spurs.
bearing spurs or spurlike spines.

1350–1400; Middle English; see spur1, -ed3

unspurred, adjective
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Word Origin & History

O.E. spura, spora (related to spurnan "to kick," see spurn), from P.Gmc. *spuron (cf. O.N. spori, M.Du. spore, Du. spoor, O.H.G. sporo, Ger. Sporn "spur"), from PIE *spere- "ankle" (see spurn). Generalized sense of "anything that urges on, stimulus,"
is from late 14c. Meaning "a ridge projecting off a mountain mass" is recorded from 1650s. The verb is attested c.1200, from the noun. "Widely extended senses ... are characteristic of a horsey race." [Weekley] Expression on the spur of the moment (1801) preserves archaic phrase on the spur "in great haste" (1520s). To win one's spurs is to gain knighthood by some valorous act, gilded spurs being the distinctive mark of a knight.
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spur (spûr)
A spine or projection from a bone.

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spur   (spûr)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A small ridge that projects sharply from the side of a larger hill or mountain.

  2. A projection from a bone, as on the heel of the foot.

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