sparing

[ spair-ing ]
/ ˈspɛər ɪŋ /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. sparganoma,
  2. sparganosis,
  3. sparge,
  4. sparid,
  5. sparine,
  6. sparing action,
  7. sparingly,
  8. spark,
  9. spark arrester,
  10. spark chamber

Origin of sparing

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

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British Dictionary definitions for sparingly

sparing

/ (ˈspɛərɪŋ) /

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

sparingly

adv.

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

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