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RELATED WORDS

unused, unoccupied, slim, angular, grant, afford, give, provide, allow, save, leave, excuse, pardon, exempt, option, emergency, over, lagniappe, free, surplus

Nearby words

spar with, sparable, sparagmos, sparassis, sparaxis, spare, spare part, spare ribs, spare the rod and spoil the child, spare tire, spare tyre

Origin of spare

before 900; (v.) Middle English sparen, Old English sparian; cognate with Dutch, German sparen, Old Norse spara; (noun and adj.) Middle English; compare Old English spær sparing, frugal (cognate with Old High German spar, Old Norse sparr
SYNONYMS FOR spare
14, 15 extra.
17 See thin.
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British Dictionary definitions for spare

spare

/ (spɛə) /

verb

adjective

noun

Derived Formssparely, adverbspareness, nounsparer, noun

Word Origin for spare

Old English sparian to refrain from injuring; related to Old Norse spara, Old High German sparōn
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Idioms and Phrases with spare

spare


In addition to the idioms beginning with spare

  • spare the rod and spoil the child
  • spare tire

also see:

  • to spare
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