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spare

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of spare

  1. 1 being over what is needed I had some spare time to kill, so I cleaned up my cubicle a bit Synonyms of spare excess, extra, redundant, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus Words Related to spare accessory, additional, supplemental, supplementary; de trop, dispensable, extraneous, gratuitous, needless, nonessential, uncalled-for, unessential, unnecessary, unneeded, unwanted; abundant, ample, bountiful, copious, plenteous, plentiful Near Antonyms of spare deficient, inadequate, insufficient, meager (or meagre), niggardly, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, short, shortish, skimpy, sparse

  2. 2 giving or sharing as little as possible a man who is kind and gentle but definitely spare of speech Synonyms of spare cheap, chintzy, close, closefisted, mean, mingy, miserly, niggard, niggardly, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penurious, pinching, pinchpenny, stingy, sparing, stinting, tight, tightfisted, uncharitable, ungenerousWords Related to spare careful, chary, conserving, economical, economizing, frugal, saving, scrimping, skimping, thrifty; acquisitive, avaricious, avid, coveting, covetous, desirous, grasping, greedy, hoggish, itchy, mercenary, rapacious, selfish, shabby, small, sordid; begrudging, envious, grudging, resentful; inhospitableNear Antonyms of spare altruistic, selfless, unselfish; extravagant, free, handsome, lavish, overgenerous, profuse; beneficent, benevolent, hospitable, humanitarian, philanthropic (also philanthropical); compassionate, good-hearted, greathearted, kindly, magnanimous, openhearted; thriftless, unthrifty; dissipating, frittering, prodigal, profligate, spendthrift, splurging, squandering, wasteful, wastingAntonyms of spare bounteous, bountiful, charitable, freehanded, generous, liberal, munificent, openhanded, unsparing, unstinting

  3. 3 having a noticeably small amount of body fat a tall, spare man Synonyms of spare bony (also boney), fatless, lean, lithe, skinny, slender, slim, thin, svelteWords Related to spare clean-limbed, trim; sylphlike, willowy; angular, rawboned, scraggy, scrawny, sinewy, wiry; lank, lanky, rangy, reedy, spindling, spindly, stringy, twiggy, waspish, weedy; anorectic (also anoretic), anorexic, cadaverous, emaciated, gaunt, haggard, pinched, skeletal, wasted, wizened; meager (or meagre), puny, slightNear Antonyms of spare beefy, bulky, chunky, fleshy, heavy, heavyset, stocky, stout, thick, thickset, weighty; brawny, burly, husky; dumpy, pudgy, roly-poly, squat, stubby; paunchy, potbellied; flabby, soft; buxom, zaftig (also zoftig); fleshed-out, full, hippy, roundAntonyms of spare chubby, corpulent, fat, gross, obese, overweight, plump, portly, rotund, tubby

  4. 4 less plentiful than what is normal, necessary, or desirable spare vegetation that made foraging very difficult Synonyms of spare exiguous, hand-to-mouth, light, niggardly, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, skimp, skimpy, slender, slim, meager, sparing, sparse, stingyWords Related to spare deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, short, wanting; bare, bare-bones; least, littlest, lowest, mere, minimal, slightest; slight, small, thin; barren, infertile, sterile, unfruitful, unproductiveNear Antonyms of spare adequate, enough, satisfactory, sufficient, tolerable; fat, fecund, fertile, fruitful, prolific, rich; lavish, luxuriant; blooming, bursting, flourishing, proliferative, swarming, teeming, thriving; excess, extra, surplusAntonyms of spare abundant, ample, bountiful, copious, generous, liberal, plenteous, plentiful

Synonym Discussion of spare

lean, spare, lank, lanky, gaunt, rawboned, scrawny, skinny mean thin because of an absence of excess flesh. lean stresses lack of fat and of curving contours.
    • a lean racehorse
spare suggests leanness from abstemious living or constant exercise.
    • the gymnast's spare figure
lank implies tallness as well as leanness.
    • the lank legs of the heron
lanky suggests awkwardness and loose-jointedness as well as thinness.
    • a lanky youth, all arms and legs
gaunt implies marked thinness or emaciation as from overwork or suffering.
    • a prisoner's gaunt face
rawboned suggests a large ungainly build without implying undernourishment.
    • a rawboned farmer
scrawny and skinny imply an extreme leanness that suggests deficient strength and vitality.
    • a scrawny chicken
    • skinny street urchins

spare

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of spare

  1. an interchangeable part or piece of equipment that is kept on hand for replacement of an original we promptly replaced the burnt-out lightbulb with a spare Synonyms of spare extra, reserve Words Related to spare backup, substitute; stock; carbon copy, clone, copy, double, dummy, dupe, duplicate, replacement, replica, replication, reproduction Near Antonyms of spare archetype, original, prototype


spare

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of spare

  1. 1 to use or give out in stingy amounts I'll have a banana split—and don't spare the whipped cream Synonyms of spare nurse, scant, skimp (on), stint (on) Words Related to spare dole out, mete (out), portion (out), ration (out); pinch, shortchange; conserve, preserve Near Antonyms of spare heap, lavish, pour, rain, shower

  2. 2 to avoid unnecessary waste or expense she had grown up during the Great Depression, so she was no stranger to sparing Synonyms of spare pinch, save, scrimp, skimp, economizeWords Related to spare conserve, husband, maintain, manage, preserve; scrape; cut back, cut down, retrench; hoard, lay upNear Antonyms of spare blow, dissipate, fritter (away), lavish, misspend, run through, spend, squander, throw away; splurgeAntonyms of spare waste


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