: not using or giving a lot of something

Full Definition of SPARING

:  marked by or practicing careful restraint (as in the use of resources)
:  meager, bare <the map is sparing of information>
spar·ing·ly adverb

Examples of SPARING

  1. <a sparing couple who are trying to save up enough for a house>
  2. <a government agency that has always been sparing of public information>

First Known Use of SPARING

14th century

Synonym Discussion of SPARING

sparing, frugal, thrifty, economical mean careful in the use of one's money or resources. sparing stresses abstention and restraint <sparing in the offering of advice>. frugal implies absence of luxury and simplicity of lifestyle <ran a frugal household>. thrifty stresses good management and industry <thrifty use of nonrenewable resources>. economical stresses prudent management, lack of wastefulness, and use of things to their best advantage <an economical health-care plan>.
SPARINGLY Defined for Kids


adjective spar·ing \ˈsper-iŋ\

Definition of SPARING for Kids

:  careful in the use of money or supplies <I've been sparing with the cornmeal, but it's almost gone … — Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie> <The campers were sparing with the matches.>
spar·ing·ly adverb <She used her savings sparingly.>


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