sparing

[ spair-ing ]
/ ˈspɛər ɪŋ /

adjective

economical (often followed by in or of).
lenient or merciful.
scanty; limited.

Origin of sparing

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at spare, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM sparing

Definition for sparing (2 of 2)

Origin of spare

before 900; (v.) Middle English sparen, Old English sparian; cognate with Dutch, German sparen, Old Norse spara; (noun and adj.) Middle English; compare Old English spær sparing, frugal (cognate with Old High German spar, Old Norse sparr

SYNONYMS FOR spare

14, 15 extra.
17 See thin.

OTHER WORDS FROM spare

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British Dictionary definitions for sparing (1 of 2)

sparing
/ (ˈspɛərɪŋ) /

adjective

(sometimes foll by with or of) economical or frugal (with)
scanty; meagre
merciful or lenient

Derived forms of sparing

sparingly, adverbsparingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for sparing (2 of 2)

spare
/ (spɛə) /

verb

adjective

noun

Derived forms of spare

sparely, adverbspareness, nounsparer, noun

Word Origin for spare

Old English sparian to refrain from injuring; related to Old Norse spara, Old High German sparōn
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Idioms and Phrases with sparing

spare

In addition to the idioms beginning with spare

  • spare the rod and spoil the child
  • spare tire

also see:

  • to spare
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