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Spare \Spare\, a. [Compar. Sparer; superl. Sparest; -- not used in all the senses of the word.] [AS. sp[ae]r sparing. Cf. Spare, v. t. ]

  1. Scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.

  2. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.

    He was spare, but discreet of speech.

  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.

    If that no spare clothes he had to give.

  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.

    O, give me the spare men, and spare me the great ones.

  6. Slow. [Obs. or prov. Eng.]


Sparer \Spar"er\, n. One who spares.


a. (en-comparative of: spare) n. One who or that which spares.


n. someone who refrains from injuring or destroying

Usage examples of "sparer".

CHAPTER VIII THE PEDLAR OF CRUCIFIXES Issacher, as well as being a cheerful, loquacious fellow and of ready wits, was so exceedingly kind as to support my weight upon his sparer frame.

Like an ill-reared fruit, first at the core it rotteth More culpable the sparer than the spared No runner can outstrip his fate Nought credit but what outward orbs reveal Persist, if thou wouldst truly reach thine ends Ripe with oft telling and old is the tale The curse of sorrow is comparison!

His figure had improved, for country exercise and a sparer diet had checked the movement towards rotundity.

It ought to be sparer, even slower than it is, even longer than it is.

They followed Sogan, wading through waves of vigorous life, as he led them into the house and out again into a smaller sparer garden.

His face seemed both sparer and harder than it had been during his years on the Coogan show, although it had lost none of its male beauty.

Jones was sparer and in uniform - and still, indefinably, like Folsom.