- economical (often followed by in or of).
- lenient or merciful.
- scanty; limited.
Origin of sparing
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1. frugal, saving, penurious. 3. meager, sparse.
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Examples from the Web for sparingly
Here and there, sparingly, one of the dolls might be purple or green: “Rainbow Piets,” they call them.Dutch Try to Save Santa’s Slave
Nadette De Visser
December 2, 2014
Gradually and sparingly add water while stirring the tahini quickly with a fork.An Israeli Independence Day Menu
May 10, 2011
Although I feed as sparingly as possible, their numbers continue to diminish.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
Not until I had learnt to do this was I given back my joys, and then sparingly.The Golden Fountain
This method is only sparingly permissible with an adequate textbook.College Teaching
Pray let me have your judgment—not sparingly, but in all candour.
Even the writings of the living are sparingly admitted here.
Jewels are worn but sparingly by young women in their first season in society.The Etiquette of To-day
Edith B. Ordway
- (sometimes foll by with or of) economical or frugal (with)
- scanty; meagre
- merciful or lenient
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Word Origin and History for sparingly
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