[ speer-ing ]
/ ˈspɪər ɪŋ /

noun Ice Hockey.

an illegal check in which a player jabs an opponent with the end of the stick blade or the top end of the stick, resulting in a penalty.

Nearby words

  1. spear-phishing,
  2. spear-thrower,
  3. spearfish,
  4. spearfisherman,
  5. spearhead,
  6. spearman,
  7. spearman's rank-order coefficient,
  8. spearmint,
  9. spearpoint,
  10. spears

Origin of spearing

1770–80, for literal sense; spear1 + -ing1

Origin of spear

before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English spere; cognate with Dutch, German speer

Related formsspear·er, noun


[ speer ]
/ spɪər /


a sprout or shoot of a plant, as a blade of grass or an acrospire of grain.

verb (used without object)

to sprout; shoot; send up or rise in a spear or spears.

Origin of spear

1520–30; variant of spire1, perhaps influenced by spear1

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British Dictionary definitions for spearing


/ (spɪə) /


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
Derived Formsspearer, noun

Word Origin for spear

Old English spere; related to Old Norse spjör spears, Greek sparos gilthead


/ (spɪə) /


a shoot, slender stalk, or blade, as of grass, asparagus, or broccoli

Word Origin for spear

C16: probably variant of spire 1, influenced by spear 1

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