One main culprit was the hard-shell helmet that had essentially become a spearing weapon.
Queen Elizabeth I owned forks for sweetmeats but chose to use her fingers instead, finding the spearing motion to be crude.
Adams, the sailmaker, killed one of these latter gentry with a harpoon, spearing him from the bowsprit as he came past the ship.
They broke our ships and killed my companions, spearing them like fish.
The blacks did not often succeed in spearing loose horses, the slower-moving cattle being their favoured victims.
He then set a couple of his men to watch for danger, and the spearing began.
Then the lady came to Mr. spearing, and Mr. spearing told the lady a sheet of stamped paper would not do, it must be a book.
Taken to spearing the cattle, and the men too if they get a chance.
Soon it was spearing southward above the waters of the Atlantic.
These are used in deep rivers, where spearing by wading is impracticable.
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.