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spear

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 and Etymology of spear

Middle English spere, from Old English; akin to Old High German sper spear, Latin sparus hunting spear


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spear

verb

Definition of spear

1 : to pierce, strike, or take with or as if with a spear
  • spear salmon
  • speared a chop from the platter
2 : to catch (something, such as a baseball) with a sudden thrust of the arm
3 a ice hockey : to jab (an opposing player) with the blade of one's stick
  • All game, the Caps held, hooked, slashed, speared, chopped, and bopped … the Rangers' European players.
  • —Stu Hackel
b American football : to ram (an opposing player) with one's helmet
  • … defensive end Ben Davidson set off a sidelines-clearing scrum when he speared Dawson from behind after he was down.
  • —Jim Trotter
: to thrust at or wound something with or as if with a spear

spearer

noun

First Known Use of spear

15th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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spear

adjective

Definition of spear

: paternal 3
  • the spear side of the family
— compare distaff

First Known Use of spear

1861

in the meaning defined above

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spear

verb

Definition of spear

of a plant
: to thrust a spear upward

Origin and Etymology of spear


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spear

noun

Definition of spear

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

Origin and Etymology of spear

alteration of 1spire


SPEAR Defined for Kids

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spear

noun \ ˈspir \

Definition of spear for Students

1 : a weapon with a long straight handle and sharp head or blade used for throwing or jabbing
2 : an instrument with a sharp point and curved hooks used in stabbing fish

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spear

verb

Definition of spear for Students

speared; spearing
: to strike or pierce with or as if with a spear

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spear

noun

Definition of spear for Students

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


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