spur-of-the-mo·​ment ˈspər-ə(v)-ṯẖə-ˈmō-mənt How to pronounce spur-of-the-moment (audio)
: occurring or developing without premeditation : hastily extemporized
a spur-of-the-moment decision

Examples of spur-of-the-moment in a Sentence

a spur-of-the-moment trip to the zoo
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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spur-of-the-moment was in 1948

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“Spur-of-the-moment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spur-of-the-moment. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: made or done by the sudden making up of one's mind
a spur-of-the moment decision
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