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noun, plural spar·lings, (especially collectively) spar·ling.
  1. the European smelt, Osmerus eperlanus.
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Origin of sparling

1275–1325; Middle English sperlynge < Old French esperlinge < Germanic; compare German Spierling
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Examples from the Web for sparling

Historical Examples

  • Shall I give him one over the head, for his cheek, Mr. Sparling?

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice

  • All dinner the harper belonging to Captain Sparling played to the Dukes.

  • But Mrs. Sparling, in her frenzy and her ignorance, took it for truth.

  • That Mrs. Sparling's crime was not so hideous as some of us supposed?

  • However, I have a box of Sparling papers which I have never examined.

British Dictionary definitions for sparling


noun plural -lings or -ling
  1. the European smeltSee smelt 2
  2. a young herring
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Word Origin

C14 sperlynge, from Old French esperling, from Middle Dutch spierlinc, from spier young shoot
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