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
Related Words for sparedgrant, afford, give, provide, allow, save, leave, excuse, pardon, exempt, relinquish, short, skimp, supply, pinch, scrape, bestow, scrimp, stint, forbear
Examples from the Web for spared
Contemporary Examples of spared
If they returned to their church, they would be spared a second attack.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
If Bush-Portman is the Republican nightmare ticket for Democrats, however, they may be spared.Hillary Adviser: Bush-Portman Ticket Could Doom Dems in 2016
November 21, 2014
And when we have been spared such tragedy, it has happened precisely because presidents have stood up to the bully caucus.Please—Let's Not Destroy ISIS
September 15, 2014
Victoria and I were spared that, at least, but we were down to T-shirts and thin blouses.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
But the one-term Republican could still be spared from rejection.Could Maine Re-Elect Its Wingnut Governor Paul LePage?
August 21, 2014
Historical Examples of spared
They carried the Weapon27 which spared not, nor flinched from the battle.
They carried the Weapon which spared not, nor flinched from the battle.
He begged and implored that his life might be spared, promising to tell all that might be asked of him.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
The words, of her age, piqued me; and I spared no pains to make him forget them.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
For your sake also I have spared your father when I had but to make a sign to remove him from my path.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
- 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