spare ribs


noun (used with a plural verb)
a cut of meat from the rib section, especially of pork or beef, with some meat adhering to the bones.
a dish of this meat, usually baked, roasted, or barbecued with a pungent sauce.

1590–1600; transposed variant of earlier ribspare < Middle Low German ribbespēr rib cut; compare obsolete spare a cut, slice Unabridged
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spare ribs
1596, from meaning "absence of fat" (see spare), or perhaps from M.L.G. ribbesper "spare ribs," from sper "spit," from P.Gmc. *speru, from PIE *sper- "pole, spear," related to spar (n.1).
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