Synonyms of spur in English:

spur


See definition of spur

noun

1‘the outcome of the election added a further spur to the reform movement’

SYNONYMS

stimulus, incentive, encouragement, stimulant, stimulation, inducement, impetus, prod, prompt

incitement, goad

fillip

motive, motivation

informal kick up the backside, shot in the arm

ANTONYMS

disincentive, discouragement

2‘the doctor took an X-ray which showed a spur of bone on the heel’

SYNONYMS

projection, spike

protuberance, protrusion

technical process


verb

1‘the confrontation spurred him into writing a letter of resignation’

SYNONYMS

stimulate, give the incentive to, act as a incentive to, act as a stimulus to, encourage, prompt, propel, prod, induce, impel, motivate, move, galvanize, inspire, urge, drive, egg on, stir

incite, goad, provoke, prick, sting

North American informal root on, light a fire under


Phrases

    on the spur of the moment

      ‘his decision had been made on the spur of the moment’

      SYNONYMS

      impulsively, on impulse, impetuously, without thinking, without planning, without premeditation, unpremeditatedly, impromptu, spontaneously, on the spot

      suddenly, all of a sudden, unexpectedly, out of the blue