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 sparenesssimplicity, severity, bareness, economy, plainness, baldness, primitiveness, delicacy, inadequacy, rarity, scantiness, emaciation, meagerness, fineness, shallowness, sparseness, gauntness, tenuity, dourness, spartanism
Examples from the Web for spareness
Historical Examples of spareness
People judged by his spareness: he wished he could get a little fatter.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
She fretted over the spareness of the younger girl, who ate only when she was urged.The Plow-Woman
Modern simplicity must show the spareness of asceticism, not the leanness of anmia.Essays
Arthur Christopher Benson
The well-rounded form took away all hint of spareness, while it did not destroy the promise of endurance.Winning the Wilderness
Margaret Hill McCarter
Griffeth's figure was slight to spareness, and save in moments of excitement there was something of languor in his movements.The Lord of Dynevor
- 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