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).
- spar with,
- spare part,
- spare ribs,
- spare the rod and spoil the child,
- spare tire,
- spare tyre
Origin of spare
Examples from the Web for 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|Samantha Allen|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Pauline Kael|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us.
He chose a corner spare room with good ventilation, and put aside a spare set of sheets and silverware, just in case.
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|Tim Teeman|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Only in the absence of a common Gospel would each party have to take its own, and spare the other.Studies of Christianity|James Martineau
Alice then spoke of mercy and peace to all men, and conjured me for my own sake to spare her destroyer.
We spare the reader a shocking scene of filial and parental reproaches.Tales And Novels, Volume 7 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
During his spare time Johnny had delved into these and had been fascinated by the story of radium.Riddle of the Storm|Roy J. Snell
Here is one close at hand, and as we have a few minutes to spare let us draw near and see what it is like.Sidelights on Chinese Life|J. Macgowan
- 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