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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 and Etymology 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pierce, strike, or take with or as if with a spear spear salmon speared a chop from the platter

  3. 2 :  to catch (something, such as a baseball) with a sudden thrust of the arm

  4. 3a 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 Hackelb 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

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to thrust at or wound something with or as if with a spear

spearer

noun

15th Century

First Known Use of spear

15th century


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spear

adjective

Definition of spear

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

1861

First Known Use of spear

1861


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spear

verb

Definition of spear

of a plant

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to thrust a spear upward

Origin and Etymology of spear

5spear


First Known Use: 1573


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spear

noun

Definition of spear

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

Origin and Etymology of spear

alteration of 1spire


First Known Use: 1647


SPEAR Defined for Kids

1

spear

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noun \ˈspir\

Definition of spear for Students

  1. 1 :  a weapon with a long straight handle and sharp head or blade used for throwing or jabbing

  2. 2 :  an instrument with a sharp point and curved hooks used in stabbing fish


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spear

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verb

Definition of spear for Students

speared

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spearing

  1. :  to strike or pierce with or as if with a spear


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spear

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noun

Definition of spear for Students

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



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