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spark

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[ spahrk ]
/ spɑrk /
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noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to kindle, animate, or stimulate (interest, activity, spirit, etc.): These bright students have sparked her enthusiasm for teaching. The arrival of the piano player really sparked the party.

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Origin of spark

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before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English spearca; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German sparke; (v.) Middle English sparken; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German sparken
sparkless, adjectivespark·less·ly, adverbsparklike, adjective

Definition for spark (2 of 3)

spark2
[ spahrk ]
/ spɑrk /
Informal: Older Use.

noun

an elegant or foppish young man.
a beau, lover, or suitor.
a woman of outstanding beauty, charm, or wit.

verb (used with object)

to woo; court.

verb (used without object)

to engage in courtship; woo.

Origin of spark

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1565–75; figurative use of spark1, or <Old Norse sparkr quick, lively
sparkish, adjectivespark·ish·ly, adverbspark·ish·ness, nounsparklike, adjective

Definition for spark (3 of 3)

Spark
[ spahrk ]
/ spɑrk /

noun

Muriel (Sarah) (Camberg), 1918–2006, British novelist and writer, born in Scotland.
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British Dictionary definitions for spark (1 of 3)

spark1
/ (spɑːk) /

noun

verb

See also spark off, sparks
Old English spearca; related to Middle Low German sparke, Middle Dutch spranke, Lettish spirgsti cinders, Latin spargere to strew

British Dictionary definitions for spark (2 of 3)

spark2
/ (spɑːk) /

noun rare

a fashionable or gallant young man
bright spark British usually ironic a person who appears clever or wittysome bright spark left the papers next to the open window

verb

rare to woo (a person)
sparkish, adjective
C16 (in the sense: beautiful or witty woman): perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse sparkr vivacious

British Dictionary definitions for spark (3 of 3)

Spark
/ (spɑːk) /

noun

Dame Muriel (Sarah). 1918–2006, British novelist and writer; her novels include Memento Mori (1959), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), The Takeover (1976), A Far Cry from Kensington (1988), Symposium (1990), and The Finishing School (2004)
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Idioms and Phrases with spark

spark

see make the sparks fly.

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