- 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 Words for spearedpermeate, drill, seep, crack, pervade, puncture, enter, invade, infiltrate, prick, injure, wound, punch, hurt, stick, jab, insert, run, pin, dig
Examples from the Web for speared
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of speared
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
Word Origin for spear
- a shoot, slender stalk, or blade, as of grass, asparagus, or broccoli
Word Origin 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.