Sparing of

sparing

[spair-ing]
adjective
1.
economical (often followed by in or of ).
2.
lenient or merciful.
3.
scanty; limited.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English; see spare, -ing2

sparingly, adverb
sparingness, noun
nonsparing, adjective
oversparing, adjective
oversparingly, adverb
oversparingness, noun


1. frugal, saving, penurious. 3. meager, sparse.
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sparing (ˈspɛərɪŋ)
 
adj (sometimes foll by with or of)
1.  economical or frugal (with)
2.  scanty; meagre
3.  merciful or lenient
 
'sparingly
 
adv
 
'sparingness
 
n

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spare
O.E. sparian "to refrain from harming, to allow to go free," from the source of O.E. spær "sparing, frugal," from P.Gmc. *sparaz (cf. O.Fris. sparia, O.N. spara, O.H.G. sparon "to spare"). Meaning "to dispense from one's own stock" is recorded from early 13c. The adj. meaning "additional, extra"
is attested from c.1300. In ref. to time, from 1610; sense of "flimsy, thin" is recorded from 1540s. Spare part is attested from 1888. The noun meaning "extra thing or part" is from 1640s. Bowling sense of "a knocking down of all pins in two bowls" is attested from 1849, Amer.Eng.
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