Main definitions of hotspur in English

: hotspur1Hotspur2

hotspur1

noun

archaic
  • A rash, impetuous person.

    • ‘On the one hand, planters have been depicted as perennial hotspurs - hard drinking, fast-living men whose hair-trigger tempers demonstrated little foresight and generated even less systematic thought.’
    • ‘Even Rotary flourishes primarily as a Cause, as another opportunity for the Southerner to puff and prance and be a noble hotspur.’
    • ‘The King's lunacy had in the meanwhile become so manifest that Prince William had to be installed as prince regent; the royal power was now in the hands of a tractable adherent of the aristocratic clique and of the military hotspurs.’
    madcap, daredevil
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Origin

Late Middle English: literally ‘a person whose spur is hot from rash or constant riding’.

Pronunciation

hotspur

/ˈhätspər//ˈhɑtspər/

Main definitions of hotspur in English

: hotspur1Hotspur2

Hotspur2

proper noun

Pronunciation

Hotspur

/ˈhɑtspər//ˈhätspər/