Definition of spoor in English:


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Pronunciation: /spʊə
, spɔː


1The track or scent of an animal: they searched around the hut for a spoor [mass noun]: the trail is marked by wolf spoor
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  • As it was vanishing on the hill-tops, a group of enthusiasts preferred to forgo arguing and, grasping their spears, were soon busy tracking its spoor on the soft soil in the crevices among the boulders.
  • The spoor was fresher, and the side trails of the leopard's continued presence in the area told them they were approaching her lair.
  • On the windowsill, the pigeon is gone, but it has left its spoor.
1.1South African The track of a wagon or motor vehicle.


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Follow the track or scent of (an animal or person): taking the spear, he set off to spoor the man
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  • The three bulls, according to the natives, had been spoored into the dense patch of bush above the kloof.
  • But those who have spoored him across the country on his speaking engagements say he is a deeply moralistic man who feels strongly about principles and public conduct.
  • Game is spoored, stalked and watched under supervision of experienced guides.


early 19th century: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch spor, of Germanic origin.



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  • He soon became an expert spoorer and hunter of all types of game, especially antelope.
  • They were invaluable as guides, first-rate spoorers, had extraordinary knowledge of edible roots and herbs, and under almost any circumstances would not starve.

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