An example of spare is making a second turkey for the dinner.
An example of spare is a guest bedroom.
An example of spare is a tire in the car trunk.
Can you spare ten minutes?
An example of spare is the governor calling off a prisoner's execution.
To spare him further inconvenience.
To spare no effort.
To live on spare rations.
A spare room, a spare tire.
I have no spare time.
Able to spare a cup of sugar.
- In addition to what is needed:We paid our bills and had money to spare.
- a surplus of something
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of spare
- Middle English sparen from Old English sparian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English sparen, sparien, from Old English sparian (“to spare, show mercy to, refrain from injuring or destroying"), from Proto-Germanic *sparÅnÄ…, *sparjanÄ… (“to save, keep, spare"), from Proto-Indo-European *sper- (“to be productive, earn"). Cognate with Scots spar, spare, spair (“to spare"), West Frisian sparje (“to save, spare"), Dutch sparen (“to save, spare"), German sparen (“to save, conserve, economise"), Swedish spara (“to save, save up"), Icelandic spara (“to save, conserve").
- From Middle English spare, spar, from Old English spÃ¦r (“sparing, scant"), from Proto-Germanic *sparaz (compare Dutch spaarzaam, German sparsam, German spÃ¤rlich, Swedish sparsam, Icelandic sparr (“sparing")), from Proto-Indo-European *sper- (cf. Latin prosper "˜lucky', Old Church Slavonic sporÅ "˜plentiful', Albanian shperr "˜to earn money', Persian Ø³Ù¾Ø§Ø± (sepÄr) "˜entrust; deposit', Ancient Greek sparnÃ³s "˜rare', Sanskrit sphirÃ¡ "˜thick').