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an impetuous or fiery person
[C15: from Hotspur, nickname of Sir Henry Percy]


(Biography) Harry Hotspur the nickname of Sir Henry Percy. See Percy1
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an impetuous or reckless person; a hothead.
[1425–75; late Middle English; after Sir Henry Percy, to whom it was applied as a nickname]
hot′spurred`, adj.
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Noun1.Hotspur - English soldier killed in a rebellion against Henry IV (1364-1403)
2.hotspur - a rash or impetuous person
adventurer, venturer - a person who enjoys taking risks
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References in classic literature ?
The next day Hotspur, that was his name, came home; he was a fine brown horse, without a white hair in him, as tall as Captain, with a very handsome head, and only five years old.
Hotspur thought it a great come-down to be a cab-horse, and was disgusted at standing in the rank, but he confessed to me at the end of the week that an easy mouth and a free head made up for a great deal, and after all, the work was not so degrading as having one's head and tail fastened to each other at the saddle.
Next day we were picked up by the brig Hotspur, bound for Australia, whose captain found no difficulty in believing that we were the survivors of a passenger ship which had foundered.
On this last subject, he was now labouring with Athelstane, not without having reason, every now and then, to lament, like Hotspur, that he should have moved such a dish of skimmed milk to so honourable an action.
This latter device was sometimes adopted at considerable violence to probability, as when Shakspere makes Falstaff bear away Hotspur, and Hamlet, Polonius.
Even Hotspur, one would think, must have been patient in his slippers on a warm hearth, taking copious snuff, and sipping gratuitous brandy-and-water.
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