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Valid words made from Spare

You can make 68 words from 'spare' in our Scrabble US and Canada dictionary.


5 letters words from 'spare'

APERS 7APRES 7
ASPER 7PARES 7
PARSE 7PEARS 7
PRASE 7PRESA 7
RAPES 7REAPS 7
SPAER 7SPARE 7
SPEAR 7 

4 letters words from 'spare'

APER 6APES 6
APSE 6ARES 4
ARSE 4EARS 4
ERAS 4PARE 6
PARS 6PASE 6
PEAR 6PEAS 6
RAPE 6RAPS 6
RASE 4RASP 6
REAP 6REPS 6
SEAR 4SERA 4
SPAE 6SPAR 6

3 letters words from 'spare'

APE 5ARE 3
ARS 3ASP 5
EAR 3EAS 3
ERA 3ERS 3
PAR 5PAS 5
PEA 5PER 5
PES 5PRE 5
RAP 5RAS 3
REP 5RES 3
SAE 3SAP 5
SAR 3SEA 3
SER 3SPA 5

2 letters words from 'spare'

AE 2AR 2
AS 2EA 2
ER 2ES 2
PA 4PE 4
RE 2 

All 5 letters words made out of spare

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Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word spare. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in spare.

Definitions and meaning of spare

spare

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈspɛə(ɹ)/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈspɛəɹ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ)

Etymology 1

From Middle English spare, spar, from Old English spær (sparing, scant), from Proto-Germanic *sparaz (compare with Dutch spaar(zaam), German spar(sam) and spär(lich), Swedish spar(sam), Icelandic sparr (sparing)), from Proto-Indo-European *sper- (compare Latin (pro)sperus (lucky), Old Church Slavonic споръ (sporŭ, plentiful), Albanian shperr (earn money), Persian سپار(sepār, entrust; deposit), Ancient Greek σπαρνός (sparnós, rare), Sanskrit स्फिर (sphirá, thick)).

Adjective

spare (comparative sparer, superlative sparest)

  1. Scanty; not abundant or plentiful.
    a spare diet
  2. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.
    • (Can we date this quote by Carew and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.
    I have no spare time.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      if that no spare clothes he had to give
  4. Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency.
    a spare anchor; a spare bed or room
  5. Lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.
  6. (Britain, informal) Very angry; frustrated or distraught.
    When he found out that someone had broken the window, he went spare.
    The poor girl is going spare, stuck in the house all day with the kids like that.
    • 2006, Tate Hallaway, Tall, Dark & Dead:
      “That'll drive him spare.”
  7. (obsolete, Britain, dialect) Slow.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Grose to this entry?)
Derived terms
Translations

Noun

spare (plural spares)

  1. The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.
    • (Can we date this quote by Holland and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Killing for sacrifice, without any spare.
  2. Parsimony; frugal use.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Poured out their plenty without spite or spare.
  3. An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.
  4. That which has not been used or expended.
  5. A spare part, especially a spare tire.
  6. A superfluous or second-best person, specially (in a dynastic context) in the phrase "An heir and a spare".
  7. (bowling) 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.
  8. (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.
  9. (Canada) A free period; a block of school during which one does not have a class.

Etymology 2

From Middle English sparen, sparien, from Old English sparian (to spare, show mercy to, refrain from injuring or destroying), from Proto-Germanic *sparōną, *sparāną (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).

Verb

spare (third-person singular simple present spares, present participle sparing, simple past and past participle spared)

  1. To show mercy.
    1. (intransitive) To desist; to stop; to refrain.
    2. (intransitive) To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.
    3. (transitive) To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy.
      • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
        Kill me, if you please, or spare me.
  2. To keep.
    1. (intransitive) To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious.
    2. (transitive) To keep to oneself; to forbear to impart or give.
    3. (transitive) To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
  3. (transitive) (to give up): To deprive oneself of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
    • a. 1779, Earl of Roscommon, “The Twenty-second Ode of the First Book of Horace”:
      Where angry Jove did never spare / One breath of kind and temperate air.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, The History of Henry the Fourth (Part 1), Act V, scene iv:
      Poor Jack, farewell! / I could have better spared a better man
Translations

Anagrams

  • Asper, Earps, Pears, Peras, RESPA, Rapes, Spear, Spera, apers, apres, après, aprés, as per, asper, pares, parse, pears, prase, presa, præs., rapes, reaps, sarpe, spear

Danish

Etymology 1

From English spare.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spɛːr/, [ˈsb̥æːɐ̯]

Noun

spare c (singular definite sparen, plural indefinite spare or spares)

  1. (bowling) spare (the act of knocking down all remaining pins in second ball of a frame)
Inflection

Etymology 2

From Old Norse spara.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spaːrə/, [ˈsb̥ɑːɑ]

Verb

spare (imperative spar, infinitive at spare, present tense sparer, past tense sparede, perfect tense er/har sparet)

  1. save
  2. spare
  3. economize
  4. save up

Dutch

Pronunciation

Verb

spare

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of sparen

French

Etymology 1

From Latin sparus

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spaʁ/

Noun

spare m (plural spares)

  1. A fish of the superorder Acanthopterygii

Etymology 2

From English spare

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spɛʁ/

Noun

spare m (plural spares)

  1. (bowling) a spare.

Related terms

  • strike

German

Verb

spare

  1. First-person singular present of sparen.
  2. First-person singular subjunctive I of sparen.
  3. Third-person singular subjunctive I of sparen.
  4. Imperative singular of sparen.

Italian

Verb

spare

  1. third-person singular present indicative of sparere

Anagrams

  • aspre, parse, persa, presa, saper, spera

Latin

Noun

spare

  1. vocative singular of sparus

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse spara

Verb

spare (imperative spar, present tense sparer, passive spares, simple past sparte, past participle spart, present participle sparende)

  1. to save

Derived terms

  • sparebank

References

  • “spare” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Source: wiktionary.org
  • a South African iridaceous plant with starlike flowers and lacerated spathes.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)