Origin of sparing
Synonyms for sparing
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 sparing
Contemporary Examples of sparing
In addition to sparing their lives, Kruger offered the prisoners better food and other privileges for their hard work.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner
September 20, 2014
His body had caught the impact, sparing the lives of two of his friends.“Bring Our Boys Home!” Say the Wives of Ukraine’s Soldiers
August 1, 2014
As he rode away, the redheaded wildling filled her lover with three arrows, sparing his life.Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie on Ygritte and Jon Snow’s Reunion at the Battle of Castle Black
June 10, 2014
A commotion has erupted in one of the dressing rooms, sparing me more reminiscences from Tyrone.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
He drank less for a while, was sparing with drugs, and sang gospel songs to the crowds who greeted his return.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
Historical Examples of sparing
"Well, I'm not sparing you the 'Be—'," said Donald, busy with the fastenings of the lunch basket.Her Father's Daughter
Many of our most energetic and useful workers have been but sparing readers.Self-Help
But it doesn't present itself to me as a ground for sparing the older generation.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
But after a quarrel, when the laundress had bullied her, the old woman was not sparing in her allusions.L'Assommoir
Was this his clemency—this sparing of my life that he might submit it to an eternal shame?The Shame of Motley
- 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