The type is uniform—medium stature, spareness, dark eyes and hair, and olive complexion predominating.
People judged by his spareness: he wished he could get a little fatter.
Indeed, the spareness of their coverings was a matter of some regret and anxiety on Percival's part.
Modern simplicity must show the spareness of asceticism, not the leanness of anmia.
The well-rounded form took away all hint of spareness, while it did not destroy the promise of endurance.
Griffeth's figure was slight to spareness, and save in moments of excitement there was something of languor in his movements.
She fretted over the spareness of the younger girl, who ate only when she was urged.
The spareness of our forces was thus betrayed by this meeting, which was in effect a council of despair.
And the spareness of frame, the thinness of arms and legs, the pitiably weak grip on life, speak without words to the seeing eye.
He was rather undersized, as Chinese go, and the Chinese narrow shoulders and spareness of flesh were his.
Old English sparian "to refrain from harming, to allow to go free," from the source of Old English spær "sparing, frugal," from Proto-Germanic *sparaz (cf. Old Frisian sparia, Old Norse spara, Old High German sparon "to spare"). Meaning "to dispense from one's own stock" is recorded from early 13c. Related: Spared; sparing.
"kept in reserve, not used," late 14c., from spare (v.). Old English had spær "spare, frugal." In reference to time, from mid-15c.; sense of "flimsy, thin" is recorded from 1540s. Spare part is attested from 1888.
"extra thing or part," 1640s, from spare (v.). Middle English noun sense was "mercy, leniency" (early 14c.). Bowling sense of "a knocking down of all pins in two bowls" is attested from 1849, American English.