verb (used with object), spared, spar·ing.
verb (used without object), spared, spar·ing.
adjective, spar·er, spar·est.
- the knocking down of all the pins with two bowls.
- a score so made.Compare strike(def 69).
Origin of spare
Synonyms for spare
Examples from the Web for spare
Contemporary Examples of spare
If the idea of a religious vigilante ambushing sex workers in his spare time sets off alarm bells, it probably should.To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show
December 19, 2014
The group encompasses Byrne's art-rock solitariness and the dissociation effects in the spare—somewhat Godardian—staging.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us.Lincoln Was the Founders’ Heir Apparent
Harvey J. Kaye
October 22, 2014
He chose a corner spare room with good ventilation, and put aside a spare set of sheets and silverware, just in case.Apocalypse Now: Preppers Are Gearing Up for Ebola
October 17, 2014
So what if people with some spare cash order eggs Benedict made with jamón Ibérico and duck eggs?Don’t Diss the Beauty of Brunch: Defending Our Favorite Meal
October 15, 2014
Historical Examples of spare
Spare me not, therefore, my dear friend, whenever you think me in the least faulty.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
We employed our spare time in gymnastics, in turning, and in rambles.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
For her part, she was busy and could not spare time to gossip.Way of the Lawless
Touching the moneys, there is enough and to spare until we reach Montaubon.
Alleyne, you will come with me, and lead a spare horse by the bridle.
- the act of knocking down all the pins with the two bowls of a single frame
- the score thus madeCompare strike (def. 40)
Word Origin for spare
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with spare
- spare the rod and spoil the child
- spare tire
- to spare