- 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
Examples from the Web for speared
Victims were put into sacks, speared, and thrown into the Congo River.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
They speared a sea-lion, which, however, swam off with the spear sticking in its body.Aino Folk-Tales
Basil Hall Chamberlain
This time the flesh had not been devoured, but the poor beasts had, in every case, been speared.A Final Reckoning
G. A. Henty
And he bit a generous inch off the cold sausage which he had speared with the carving-fork.The Magic City
No, he got speared when he was lying in his bunk readin' a book one night.Rdan The Devil And Other Stories
He chuckled and speared another cube of steak with his fork.The Highest Treason
- 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 speared
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.