Share this entry

Share this page

spoor

Line breaks: spoor
Pronunciation: /spʊə
 
, spɔː
 
/

Definition of spoor in English:

noun

1The track or scent of an animal: they searched around the hut for a spoor [mass noun]: the trail is marked by wolf spoor
More example sentences
  • 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.

verb

[with object] Back to top  
Follow the track or scent of (an animal or person): taking the spear, he set off to spoor the man
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

spoorer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of spoor in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something