Spar Spar, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sparred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sparring}.] [Of uncertain origin; cf. OF. esparer to kick, F. ['e]parer, or Icel. sperra to stretch out the legs, to struggle.] 1. To strike with the feet or spurs, as cocks do. [1913 Webster]

2. To use the fists and arms scientifically in attack or defense; to contend or combat with the fists, as for exercise or amusement; to box. [1913 Webster]

Made believe to spar at Paul with great science. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

3. To contest in words; to wrangle. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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