Nearby words

  1. speaking trumpet,
  2. speaking tube,
  3. speaking type,
  4. speakingly,
  5. spean,
  6. spear carrier,
  7. spear grass,
  8. spear gun,
  9. spear phish,
  10. spear side

Origin of spear

1
before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English spere; cognate with Dutch, German speer

Related formsspear·er, noun

spear

2
[speer]

noun

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

2
1520–30; variant of spire1, perhaps influenced by spear1

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British Dictionary definitions for spears

Spears

noun

Britney (ˈbrɪtnɪ). born 1981, US pop singer; records include the single "Baby One More Time" (1998) and the album Britney (2001)

spear

1

noun

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

verb

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

spear

2

noun

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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Word Origin and History for spears
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