verb (used with object), sparred, spar·ring.
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Origin of spar1
OTHER WORDS FROM sparspar·like, adjective
Words nearby spar
Definition for sparring (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), sparred, spar·ring.
Origin of spar2
Example sentences from the Web for sparring
Johansson needed a sparring partner, and a young, brash man, just a year out of the amateurs, volunteered.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull|Mark Jacobson|March 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is hugely dubious, but there was something distinctly theatrical about their sparring, two sides of one performance.
Rubio has been sparring with the president over immigration reform, among other issues.Marco Rubio Really Loves Israel and Has Pictures to Prove It|Eli Lake|February 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Tweeters snickered about the sparring to come between European leaders over who would collect the prize in person on Dec. 10.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers are sparring with leaked documents.
Though he and my lady were much of a mind in most things, there was a deal of sparring and jarring between them.The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV.|Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Come and enjoy their sparring match with me; I want to talk to you about one of my unfortunate parishioners.An Ambitious Man|Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Fiddling, forward and back movements of the arms at the beginning of a round, a part of sparring for an opening.
So the heads were withdrawn again, some laughing at the "sparring of the cockerels."Men of Iron|Howard Pyle
The attractions offered were the cannon-ball throwing of Sparks, and the feats of strength and sparring by Hogan.
British Dictionary definitions for sparring (1 of 3)
- any piece of nautical gear resembling a pole and used as a mast, boom, gaff, etc
- (as modifier)a spar buoy