- a long, stabbing weapon for thrusting or throwing, consisting of a wooden shaft to which a sharp-pointed head, as of iron or steel, is attached.
- a soldier or other person armed with such a weapon; spearman: an army of 40,000 spears.
- a similar weapon or stabbing implement, as one for use in fishing.
- the act of spearing.
- to pierce with or as with a spear.
- to go or penetrate like a spear: The plane speared through the clouds.
Origin of spear1
- a sprout or shoot of a plant, as a blade of grass or an acrospire of grain.
- to sprout; shoot; send up or rise in a spear or spears.
Origin of spear2
Related Wordsbayonet, blade, skewer, dart, harpoon, pike, weapon, bill, javelin, partisan, gar, lancet, halberd, partizan, lance, spire, bolt, spike, bore, trident
Examples from the Web for spear
In some versions of that story, the spear is the first weapon George tries.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso
October 2, 2014
The earliest clear evidence of a human killed by a spear dates to roughly 100,000 years ago.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
This could be the tip of the spear in a larger battle to Christianize Jewish culture.
And, as we all know, “this ‘war on Christmas’ is the tip of the spear in a larger battle to secularize our culture.”
“I almost died twice today,” Shane exclaims, after beheading the snake with a pointed stick he whittled to a spear.‘Naked and Afraid’ Is the Craziest Show on TV—You Just Have to Watch
July 2, 2013
One of them gave me his spear, which was very blunt, and I sharpened it for him.Explorations in Australia
Let him then name the gentleman with whom he would break a spear.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
This is what happened: from one of the shenzis you traded a spear, or a spear was given you.
"A shenzi has killed Mavrouki with a spear," the man answered her question.
If our men get to fooling with their women, they'll spear the lot of us!
- a weapon consisting of a long shaft with a sharp pointed end of metal, stone, or wood that may be thrown or thrust
- a similar implement used to catch fish
- another name for spearman
- to pierce (something) with or as if with a spear
- a shoot, slender stalk, or blade, as of grass, asparagus, or broccoli
Word Origin and History for spear
Old English spere, from Proto-Germanic *speri (cf. Old Norse spjör, Old Saxon, Old Frisian sper, Dutch speer, Old High German sper, German Speer "spear"), from PIE root *sper- "spear, pole" (cf. Old Norse sparri "spar, rafter," and perhaps also Latin sparus "hunting spear").
"sprout of a plant," 1540s, variant of spire.
1755, from spear (n.1). Related: Speared; spearing.