noun (used with a plural verb)

a cut of meat from the rib section, especially of pork or beef, with some meat adhering to the bones.
a dish of this meat, usually baked, roasted, or barbecued with a pungent sauce.

Origin of spareribs

1590–1600; transposed variant of earlier ribspare < Middle Low German ribbespēr rib cut; compare obsolete spare a cut, slice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for spareribs

Historical Examples of spareribs

  • The package of spareribs fell from under his arm, and he stooped to pick it up.

  • He reflected a moment, studying the spareribs, which had just arrived.

    The Salamander

    Owen Johnson

  • He comes back with a armful of bread and spareribs and pies.

  • He ordered roast beef hash with a poached egg, spareribs with boiled cauliflower, and two charlotte russes.

    The Salamander

    Owen Johnson

  • The ribs inside this cut, when cut from underneath, are sold as spareribs.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences