I. noun Etymology: Middle English spere, from Old English; akin to Old High German sper spear, Latin sparus hunting spear Date: before 12th century 1. a thrusting or throwing weapon with long shaft and sharp head or blade 2. a sharp-pointed instrument with barbs used in spearing fish 3. spearman II. verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to pierce, strike, or take with or as if with a spear <
spear salmon
speared a chop from the platter
2. to catch (as a baseball) with a sudden thrust of the arm intransitive verb to thrust at or wound something with or as if with a spear • spearer noun III. adjective Date: 1861 paternal 3 <
the spear side of the family
— compare distaff IV. intransitive verb Etymology: 5spear Date: 1573 of a plant to thrust a spear upward V. noun Etymology: alteration of 1spire Date: 1647 a usually young blade, shoot, or sprout (as of grass)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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