spear

24 ENTRIES FOUND:

1spear

noun \ˈspir\

Definition of SPEAR

1
:  a thrusting or throwing weapon with long shaft and sharp head or blade
2
:  a sharp-pointed instrument with barbs used in spearing fish
3
:  spearman

Origin of SPEAR

Middle English spere, from Old English; akin to Old High German sper spear, Latin sparus hunting spear
First Known Use: before 12th century

2spear

verb

Definition of SPEAR

transitive verb
1
:  to pierce, strike, or take with or as if with a spear <spear salmon> <speared a chop from the platter>
2
:  to catch (as a baseball) with a sudden thrust of the arm
intransitive verb
:  to thrust at or wound something with or as if with a spear
spear·er noun

First Known Use of SPEAR

15th century

3spear

adjective

Definition of SPEAR

:  paternal 3 <the spear side of the family> — compare distaff

First Known Use of SPEAR

1861

4spear

intransitive verb

Definition of SPEAR

of a plant
:  to thrust a spear upward

Origin of SPEAR

5spear
First Known Use: 1573

5spear

noun

Definition of SPEAR

:  a usually young blade, shoot, or sprout (as of grass)

Origin of SPEAR

alteration of 1spire
First Known Use: 1647

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