(noun, adjective, verb)


1. thin and fit

- the spare figure of a marathon runner

Similar word(s): lean, thin, trim

2. more than is needed, desired, or required

- sleeping in the spare room

Similar word(s): unnecessary, unneeded, excess, extra, redundant, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus

3. not taken up by scheduled activities

- spare time on my hands

Similar word(s): unoccupied, free

4. kept in reserve especially for emergency use

- a spare tire

- spare parts

Similar word(s): unnecessary, unneeded

5. lacking in magnitude or quantity

- a spare diet

Similar word(s): meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy, bare, scanty

6. lacking embellishment or ornamentation

Similar word(s): unadorned, undecorated, bare, plain, unembellished, unornamented

Sentences with spare as an adjective:

- I have no spare time.

- a spare anchor; a spare bed or room


1. an extra component of a machine or other apparatus

Definition categories: man–made, component, constituent, element

2. an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle

Definition categories: man–made

3. a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls

Definition categories: act, score


1. refrain from harming

Similar word(s): save

Definition categories: social, forbear, refrain

2. save or relieve from an experience or action

- I'll spare you from having to apologize formally

Definition categories: social, exempt, free, relieve

3. give up what is not strictly needed

- he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey

Definition categories: possession, give

4. use frugally or carefully

Definition categories: consumption, expend, use

Sentences with spare as a verb:

- Spare the rod and spoil the child.