- Spare is defined as something that is not in regular use or is extra.
- An example of spare is a guest bedroom.
- An example of spare is a tire in the car trunk.
- The definition of a spare is something extra in case it is needed.
An example of spare is making a second turkey for the dinner.
- Spare means to treat someone with mercy, avoid using something or save someone from something.
An example of spare is the governor calling off a prisoner's execution.
transitive verbspared, sparing
- to treat with mercy or leniency; refrain from killing, injuring, troubling, or distressing; save
- to save or free a person from (something): to spare someone trouble
- to refrain from, omit, avoid using, or use frugally: to spare no effort
- to give up the use or possession of; part with or give up conveniently: able to spare a cup of sugar
Origin of spareMiddle English sparien ; from Old English sparian, akin to spær, thrifty, German sparen, to save: see space
- to practice close economy; be frugal or sparing
- to be merciful or restrained, as in punishing
- not in regular use or immediately needed; extra: a spare room, a spare tire
- not taken up by regular work or duties; free: spare time
- frugal; meager; scanty: to live on spare rations
- not fleshy; lean; thin
- economical in style; using simple language and a minimum of words; restrained
- a spare, or extra, part, thing, etc.
- ☆ Bowling
- the act of knocking down all the pins with two consecutive rolls of the ball
- a score so made
something to spare
transitive verbspared spared, spar·ing, spares
- a. To refrain from harming, injuring, destroying, or killing: The general spared the city from a bombardment.b. To leave undamaged or unharmed: The oldest trees in the forest were spared from the fire.c. To refrain from denouncing or distressing; treat leniently or with consideration: The teacher spared the student's feelings by not criticizing her.d. To allow (someone) to avoid experiencing or doing (something): spared myself the trouble of going to the store.
- a. To hold back from; withhold or avoid: spared no expense for the celebration.b. To use or supply with restraint: Don't spare the mustard.
- To give or grant out of one's resources; afford: Can you spare ten minutes?
- a. Kept in reserve: spare parts.b. Being in excess of what is needed; extra: spare cash.c. Free for other use; unoccupied: spare time.
- a. Not lavish, abundant, or excessive; meager: a spare breakfast.b. Lean and trim: a runner with a spare figure.c. Not elaborate or ornate; simple: a writer's spare style.
- A replacement, especially a tire, reserved for future need.
- Sports a. The act of knocking down all ten pins with two successive rolls of a bowling ball.b. The score so made.
Origin of spareMiddle English sparen, from Old English sparian.
(comparative sparer, superlative sparest)
- scanty; not abundant or plentiful.
- a spare diet
- sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.
- Being over and above what is necessary, or what must be used or reserved; not wanted, or not used; superfluous.
- I have no spare time.
- Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency.
- a spare anchor; a spare bed or room
- lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.
- The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.
- Parsimony; frugal use.
- An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.
- That which has not been used or expended.
- A spare part, especially a spare tire.
- (bowling) The right of bowling again at a full set of pins, after having knocked all the pins down in less than three bowls. If all the pins are knocked down in one bowl it is a double spare; in two bowls, a single spare.
- (bowling) The act of knocking down all remaining pins in second ball of a frame; this entitles the pins knocked down on the next ball to be added to the score for that frame.
From Middle English spare, spar, from Old English spÃ¦r (â€œsparing, scantâ€), from Proto-Germanic *sparaz (compare Dutch spaarzaam, German sparsam, German spÃ¤rlich, Swedish sparsam, Icelandic sparr (â€œsparingâ€)), from Proto-Indo-European *sper- (cf. Latin prosper â€˜luckyâ€™, Old Church Slavonic sporÅ â€˜plentifulâ€™, Albanian shperr â€˜to earn moneyâ€™, Persian Ø³Ù¾Ø§Ø± (sepÄr) â€˜entrust; depositâ€™, Ancient Greek sparnÃ³s â€˜rareâ€™, Sanskrit sphirÃ¡ â€˜thickâ€™).
(third-person singular simple present spares, present participle sparing, simple past and past participle spared)
- To show mercy.
- To keep.
- (to give up): To deprive oneself of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
From Middle English sparen, sparien, from Old English sparian (â€œto spare, show mercy to, refrain from injuring or destroyingâ€), from Proto-Germanic *sparÅnÄ…, *sparjanÄ… (â€œto save, keep, spareâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *sper- (â€œto be productive, earnâ€). Cognate with Scots spar, spare, spair (â€œto spareâ€), West Frisian sparje (â€œto save, spareâ€), Dutch sparen (â€œto save, spareâ€), German sparen (â€œto save, conserve, economiseâ€), Swedish spara (â€œto save, save upâ€), Icelandic spara (â€œto save, conserveâ€).