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spear

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noun \ˈspir\

Definition of spear

  1. 1 :  a thrusting or throwing weapon with long shaft and sharp head or blade

  2. 2 :  a sharp-pointed instrument with barbs used in spearing fish

  3. 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


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spear

verb

Definition of spear

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  to pierce, strike, or take with or as if with a spear <spear salmon> <speared a chop from the platter>

    2. 2 :  to catch (as a baseball) with a sudden thrust of the arm

    3. intransitive verb
    4. :  to thrust at or wound something with or as if with a spear

    spear·er noun


    15th Century

    First Known Use of spear

    15th century


    3

    spear

    adjective

    Definition of spear

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



    1861

    First Known Use of spear

    1861


    4

    spear

    intransitive verb

    Definition of spear

    of a plant

    1. :  to thrust a spear upward



    Origin of spear

    5spear


    First Known Use: 1573


    5

    spear

    noun

    Definition of spear

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



    Origin of spear

    alteration of 1spire


    First Known Use: 1647



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