- The definition of a spear is a long, pointed tool used for fishing or hunting.
An example of a spear is a tool Natives used to capture their prey.
- Spear is defined as to throw or stab with a long pointed instrument.
An example of spear is to stab prey with a long piece of wood with a very sharp arrow of metal on the end.
- a weapon consisting of a long wooden shaft with a sharp point, usually of metal or stone, for thrusting or throwing
- any spearlike, often forked, implement used for thrusting, as in one kind of fishing
Origin of spearvar. of spire; ? infl. by spearnoun above a long blade or shoot, as of grass
Origin of spearMiddle English spere from Old English (akin to German speer) from Indo-European base an unverified form sper- from source spar, Classical Latin sparus
- to pierce or stab with something pointed, as a spear
- to catch (fish, etc.) with a spear
- Informal to extend the arm so as to make a one-handed catch of (a baseball, etc.)
- to pierce or shoot like a spear
Origin of spearcf. spearnoun to sprout into a long stem
- A weapon consisting of a long shaft with a sharply pointed end.
- A shaft with a sharp point and barbs for spearing fish.
- A soldier armed with a spear.
verbspeared, spear·ing, spears
- To pierce with a spear or other sharp object.
- To catch with a thrust of the arm: spear a grounder.
- a. Football To block (an opponent) by ramming with the helmet, in violation of the rules.b. Sports To jab (an opponent) with the blade of a hockey stick, in violation of the rules.
Origin of spearMiddle English spere from Old English
intransitive verbspeared, spear·ing, spears
Origin of spearAlteration of spire 1