An example of sparing is when you use only a dime size amount of shampoo because you are running low.
- that spares
- careful in spending or using; frugal
- scanty or meager
- Given to or marked by prudence and restraint in the use of material resources.
- Deficient or limited in quantity, fullness, or extent: sparing amounts of criticism.
(comparative more sparing, superlative most sparing)
- Present participle of spare.
Variant of spare
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