- a long, stabbing weapon for thrusting or throwing, consisting of a wooden shaft to which a sharp-pointed head, as of iron or steel, is attached.
- a soldier or other person armed with such a weapon; spearman: an army of 40,000 spears.
- a similar weapon or stabbing implement, as one for use in fishing.
- the act of spearing.
- to pierce with or as with a spear.
- to go or penetrate like a spear: The plane speared through the clouds.
Origin of spear1
- a sprout or shoot of a plant, as a blade of grass or an acrospire of grain.
- to sprout; shoot; send up or rise in a spear or spears.
Origin of spear2
Examples from the Web for spear
In some versions of that story, the spear is the first weapon George tries.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso
October 2, 2014
The earliest clear evidence of a human killed by a spear dates to roughly 100,000 years ago.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
This could be the tip of the spear in a larger battle to Christianize Jewish culture.
And, as we all know, “this ‘war on Christmas’ is the tip of the spear in a larger battle to secularize our culture.”
“I almost died twice today,” Shane exclaims, after beheading the snake with a pointed stick he whittled to a spear.‘Naked and Afraid’ Is the Craziest Show on TV—You Just Have to Watch
July 2, 2013
One of them gave me his spear, which was very blunt, and I sharpened it for him.Explorations in Australia
Let him then name the gentleman with whom he would break a spear.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
This is what happened: from one of the shenzis you traded a spear, or a spear was given you.
"A shenzi has killed Mavrouki with a spear," the man answered her question.
If our men get to fooling with their women, they'll spear the lot of us!
- a weapon consisting of a long shaft with a sharp pointed end of metal, stone, or wood that may be thrown or thrust
- a similar implement used to catch fish
- another name for spearman
- to pierce (something) with or as if with a spear
- a shoot, slender stalk, or blade, as of grass, asparagus, or broccoli
Word Origin and History for spear
Old English spere, from Proto-Germanic *speri (cf. Old Norse spjör, Old Saxon, Old Frisian sper, Dutch speer, Old High German sper, German Speer "spear"), from PIE root *sper- "spear, pole" (cf. Old Norse sparri "spar, rafter," and perhaps also Latin sparus "hunting spear").
"sprout of a plant," 1540s, variant of spire.
1755, from spear (n.1). Related: Speared; spearing.