sparing

adjective spar·ing \ ˈsper-iŋ \

Definition of sparing

1 : marked by or practicing careful restraint (as in the use of resources)
2 : meager, bare
  • the map is sparing of information

sparingly

adverb

Examples of sparing in a Sentence

  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

SPARING Defined for English Language Learners

sparing

adjective

Definition of sparing for English Language Learners

  • : not using or giving a lot of something


SPARING Defined for Kids

sparing

adjective spar·ing \ ˈsper-iŋ \

Definition of sparing for Students

: 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.

sparingly

adverb
  • She used her savings sparingly.


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