- In addition to what is needed:
We paid our bills and had money to spare.
- a surplus of something
Other Word Forms of Spare
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Spare
- to spare
- something to spare
Origin of Spare
From Middle English sparen, sparien, from Old English sparian (“to spare, show mercy to, refrain from injuring or destroying"), from Proto-Germanic *sparōnÄ…, *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 spær (“sparing, scant"), from Proto-Germanic *sparaz (compare Dutch spaarzaam, German sparsam, German spärlich, 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 سپار (sepār) "˜entrust; deposit', Ancient Greek sparnós "˜rare', Sanskrit sphirá "˜thick').
Middle English sparen from Old English sparian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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