Definitions for sparespɛər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sparespɛər(v.)spared, spar•ing

  1. (v.t.)to refrain from harming, punishing, or killing.

  2. to deal gently or leniently with:

    His harsh review spared no one.

  3. to save, as from strain or discomfort:

    to spare you needless embarrassment.

  4. to omit or withhold:

    Spare the gory details.

  5. to refrain from employing:

    to spare the rod.

  6. to give or lend, as from a supply, esp. without inconvenience:

    Can you spare a cup of sugar?

  7. to set aside for a particular purpose.

  8. to use or give frugally:

    Don't spare the whipped cream!

  9. (v.i.)to use economy; be frugal.

  10. to refrain from inflicting injury or punishment; exercise lenience or mercy.

  11. (adj.)kept in reserve, as for possible use:

    a spare part.

  12. being in excess of present need; free for other use:

    a spare bedroom.

  13. not taken up with work or other commitments; free:

    spare time.

  14. frugally restricted or meager:

    a spare diet.

  15. lean or thin, as a person.

  16. sparing, economical, or temperate.

  17. (n.)a spare thing or part, as an extra tire for emergency use.

    Category: Automotive

  18. the knocking down of all the bowling pins with two bowls. a score so made.

    Category: Sport

    Ref: Compare strike (def. 56). 78

Idioms for spare:

  1. to spare,remaining; left over:

    We finished early, with time to spare.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of spare:

bef. 900; (v.) ME; OE sparian, c. OFris sparia, OS, OHG sparōn, ON spara


Princeton's WordNet

  1. spare part, spare(noun)

    an extra component of a machine or other apparatus

  2. fifth wheel, spare(noun)

    an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle

  3. spare(adj)

    a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls

  4. spare, trim(adj)

    thin and fit

    "the spare figure of a marathon runner"; "a body kept trim by exercise"

  5. excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus(adj)

    more than is needed, desired, or required

    "trying to lose excess weight"; "found some extra change lying on the dresser"; "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"; "skills made redundant by technological advance"; "sleeping in the spare room"; "supernumerary ornamentation"; "it was supererogatory of her to gloat"; "delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"; "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"; "surplus cheese distributed to the needy"

  6. spare, free(adj)

    not taken up by scheduled activities

    "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands"

  7. spare(adj)

    kept in reserve especially for emergency use

    "a reserve supply of food"; "a spare tire"; "spare parts"

  8. bare(a), scanty, spare(adj)

    lacking in amplitude or quantity

    "a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet"

  9. plain, bare, spare, unembellished, unornamented(verb)

    lacking embellishment or ornamentation

    "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"

  10. spare, save(verb)

    refrain from harming

  11. spare(verb)

    save or relieve from an experience or action

    "I'll spare you from having to apologize formally"

  12. spare, give up, part with, dispense with(verb)

    give up what is not strictly needed

    "he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey"

  13. spare(verb)

    use frugally or carefully

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spare(adjective)ɛər

    extra and available to use if necessary

    a spare tire in the trunk of the car; Do you have a spare pen I could borrow?; I have no spare time at all this week.

  2. spare(verb)ɛər

    to give sth to sb when you have more than you need

    I have some paper I can spare.; Can you spare anyone to help us out?

  3. spareɛər

    to save from having to suffer

    She was spared the embarrassment of having to apologize.

  4. spareɛər

    to not kill sb

    She begged them to spare her father's life.

  5. spareɛər

    to make a big effort, spend a lot of money, etc.

    He spared no expense on the wedding.

  6. spareɛər

    left over, extra

    I have twenty minutes to spare, so let's get some coffee.; I bought two pairs of jeans and still had money to spare.

  7. spare(noun)ɛər

    an extra of sth that you can use if necessary

    The batteries are dead, and I don't have any spares.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spare(adj)

    to use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save

  2. Spare(adj)

    to keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give

  3. Spare(adj)

    to preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to

  4. Spare(adj)

    to save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty

  5. Spare(adj)

    to deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with

  6. Spare(verb)

    to be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious

  7. Spare(verb)

    to refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance

  8. Spare(verb)

    to desist; to stop; to refrain

  9. Spare(verb)

    scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet

  10. Spare(verb)

    sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary

  11. Spare(verb)

    being over and above what is necessary, or what must be used or reserved; not wanted, or not used; superfluous; as, I have no spare time

  12. Spare(verb)

    held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room

  13. Spare(verb)

    lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt

  14. Spare(verb)


  15. Spare(noun)

    the act of sparing; moderation; restraint

  16. Spare(noun)

    parsimony; frugal use

  17. Spare(noun)

    an opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket

  18. Spare(noun)

    that which has not been used or expended

  19. Spare(noun)

    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


  1. Spare

    A spare is a term used in bowling to indicate that all of the pins have been knocked down after the second ball of a frame. The symbol for a spare is a slash mark. A "spare" is awarded when no pins are left standing after the second ball of a frame; i.e., a player uses both balls of a frame to clear all ten pins. A player achieving a spare is awarded ten points, plus a bonus of whatever is scored with the next ball. It is typically rendered as a slash on scoresheets in place of the second pin count for a frame. A player who bowls a spare in the tenth frame is awarded one extra ball to allow for the bonus points. Correctly calculating bonus points can be difficult, especially when combinations of strikes and spares come in successive frames. In modern times, however, this has been overcome with automated scoring systems, linked to the machines that set and clear the pins between frames. A computer automatically counts pins that remain standing, and fills in a virtual score sheet. However, even the automated system is not fool-proof, as the computer can miscount the number of pins that remain standing.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spare' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2336

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spare' in Verbs Frequency: #826

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spare' in Adjectives Frequency: #622

Anagrams of spare

  1. Apers

  2. Apres

  3. As per

  4. Pares

  5. Pears

  6. Præs.

  7. Rapes

  8. Reaps

  9. RESPA

  10. Sarpe

Translations for spare

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


extra; not actually being used

We haven't a spare (bed) room for guests in our house.

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