plural noun
spare·​ribs | \ ˈsper-ˌ(r)ibz, -əbz\

Definition of spareribs

: a cut of pork ribs separated from the bacon strip

Examples of spareribs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Put the spareribs, meaty side up, on a cutting board. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 Pork spareribs are huge and perfectly cooked, and the smoked turkey is always a great choice. Houston Chronicle, "Houston's favorite barbecue joints," 10 May 2018 Media: Scott Kingsley, Houston Chronicle The classic East Texas-style barbecue served at this Acres Homes institution includes big, meaty pork spareribs and a killer chopped beef sandwich. Houston Chronicle, "Houston's favorite barbecue joints," 10 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spareribs.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of spareribs

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spareribs

by folk etymology from Low German ribbesper pickled pork ribs roasted on a spit, from Middle Low German, from ribbe rib + sper spear, spit

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about spareribs

Statistics for spareribs

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for spareribs

The first known use of spareribs was in 1596

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for spareribs


noun plural
spare·​ribs | \ ˈsper-ˌribz \

Kids Definition of spareribs

: a cut of pork ribs

More from Merriam-Webster on spareribs

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with spareribs

Comments on spareribs

What made you want to look up spareribs? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a complex dispute or argument

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!