sparing

[spair-ing]

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
Related formsspar·ing·ly, adverbspar·ing·ness, nounnon·spar·ing, adjectiveo·ver·spar·ing, adjectiveo·ver·spar·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·spar·ing·ness, noun

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sparing

adjective

(sometimes foll by with or of) economical or frugal (with)
scanty; meagre
merciful or lenient
Derived Formssparingly, adverbsparingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sparingly
adv.

mid-15c., from present participle of spare (v.) + -ly (2).

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