spark

1
[ spahrk ]
/ spɑrk /

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.

Nearby words

  1. sparid,
  2. sparine,
  3. sparing,
  4. sparing action,
  5. sparingly,
  6. spark arrester,
  7. spark chamber,
  8. spark coil,
  9. spark erosion,
  10. spark gap

Origin of spark

1
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

Related formsspark·less, adjectivespark·less·ly, adverbspark·like, adjective

spark

2
[ 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

2
1565–75; figurative use of spark1, or < Old Norse sparkr quick, lively

Related formsspark·ish, adjectivespark·ish·ly, adverbspark·ish·ness, nounspark·like, adjective

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

spark

1
/ (spɑːk) /

noun

verb

See also spark off, sparks

Word Origin for spark

Old English spearca; related to Middle Low German sparke, Middle Dutch spranke, Lettish spirgsti cinders, Latin spargere to strew

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)
Derived Formssparkish, adjective

Word Origin for spark

C16 (in the sense: beautiful or witty woman): perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse sparkr vivacious

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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Word Origin and History for spark
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Idioms and Phrases with spark

spark

see make the sparks fly.

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