Complete Definition of "spare"

English

Etymology 1
Old English spær

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Pronunciation
audio|en-us-spare.ogg|Audio (US)

:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ÉÉ(r)|-ÉÉ(r)

Adjective
en-adj|spar|er

  1. scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.
  2. sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.
  3. 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.
  4. Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room.
  5. lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.
  6. slow

Derived terms
spare part
spare time
spare tire
spare tyre

Translations
trans-top|held in reserve
Czech: náhradní m
trans-mid
trans-bottom

Noun
en-noun

  1. The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.
  2. Parsimony; frugal use.
  3. An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.
  4. That which has not been used or expended.
  5. 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.
  6. italbrac|bowling The act of knocking down all remaining pins in second ball of a frame; this entitles the pins knocked down on the next ball to be added to the score for that frame.

Etymology 2
Old English sparian

Verb
en-verb|spar|ing

  1. To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious.
  2. To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.

#* 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson|Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island|Treasure Island
#*: Kill me, if you please, or spare me.

  1. To desist; to stop; to refrain.
  2. To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.
  3. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.
  4. To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
  5. To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.

Italian

Verb
spare

  1. form of|third-person|Third-person singular present tense|sparere#Italian|sparere|lang=Italian

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