- Nautical. a stout pole such as those used for masts, etc.; a mast, yard, boom, gaff, or the like.
- Aeronautics. a principal lateral member of the framework of a wing of an airplane.
- to provide or make with spars.
Origin of spar1
- (of boxers) to make the motions of attack and defense with the arms and fists, especially as a part of training.
- to box, especially with light blows.
- to strike or attack with the feet or spurs, as gamecocks do.
- to bandy words; dispute.
- a motion of sparring.
- a boxing match.
- a dispute.
Origin of spar2
Examples from the Web for sparred
After he died, they alternately allied and sparred with each other.China’s Forgotten Traumas in World War Two
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
September 18, 2013
The two sparred over music, too, Curtis told Talking Points Memo.Paul Kevin Curtis and J. Everett Dutschke: Epic Feud and Ricin Letters
April 25, 2013
John Mellencamp also sparred with the Gipper when he tried to use “Little Pink Houses” during the campaign.The Strange History of Political Campaign Songs (VIDEO)
October 24, 2012
The truth is that if Kael had felt Simon was important, she would have sparred with him.The Only Critic That Mattered
November 2, 2011
The two sparred over job creation and, most notably, Social Security.Rick Perry Falls Short
September 8, 2011
It had only one sparred window, and there was a garden behind; but how was I to get out?The Life of Mansie Wauch
David Macbeth Moir
They sparred at each other, and one of them was hit lightly upon the chest.A Room With A View
E. M. Forster
They sparred for a minute longer, and then the giant had his chance.Robin Hood
He sparred with some caution, twitching the cheek next the cut.Tales of Mean Streets
It was to be a fight, and the two men now faced each other and sparred for an opening.Tales of South Africa
- any piece of nautical gear resembling a pole and used as a mast, boom, gaff, etc
- (as modifier)a spar buoy
- a principal supporting structural member of an aerofoil that runs from tip to tip or root to tip
- boxing martial arts to fight using light blows, as in training
- to dispute or argue
- (of gamecocks) to fight with the feet or spurs
- an unaggressive fight
- an argument or wrangle
- informal a close friend
- any of various minerals, such as feldspar or calcite, that are light-coloured, microcrystalline, transparent to translucent, and easily cleavableRelated adjective: spathic
Word Origin and History for sparred
"stout pole," c.1300, "rafter," from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch sparre, from Proto-Germanic *sparron (cf. Old English *spere "spear, lance," Old Norse sperra "rafter, beam"), from PIE root *sper- "spear, pole" (see spear (n.1)). Nautical use dates from 1640. Also borrowed in Old French as esparre, which may have been the direct source of the English word.
"to box," c.1400, "to strike or thrust," perhaps from Middle French esparer "to kick," from Italian sparare "to fling," from Latin ex- (see ex-) + parare "make ready, prepare," hence "ward off, parry" (see pare). Used in 17c. in reference to preliminary actions in a cock fight; figurative sense of "to dispute, bandy with words" is from 1690s. Extension to humans, with meaning "to engage in or practice boxing" is attested from 1755. Related: Sparred; sparring.
"shiny mineral that splits easily," 1580s, from Low German Spar, from Middle Low German *spar, sper, cognate with Old English spær- in spærstan "gypsum."