Definition of spare adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//speə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sper//
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    not used/needed
  1. 1  [usually before noun] that is not being used or is not needed at the present time We've got a spare bedroom, if you'd like to stay. I'm afraid I haven't got any spare cash. Are there any tickets going spare (= are there any available, not being used by somebody else)?
  2. extra
  3. 2  [only before noun] kept in case you need to replace the one you usually use; extra a spare key/tyre Take some spare clothes in case you get wet.
  4. time
  5. 3  available to do what you want with rather than work He's studying music in his spare time. I haven't had a spare moment this morning.
  6. person
  7. 4thin, and usually quite tall
  8. Word Origin Old English spær ‘not plentiful, meagre’, sparian ‘refrain from injuring’, ‘refrain from using’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German sparen ‘to spare’.Extra examples I haven’t had a spare moment this morning. I’m afraid I haven’t got any spare cash. We’ve got a spare bedroom, if you’d like to stay.Idioms (British English, informal) to become very angry or upset Your mum would go spare if she knew! I’ll go spare if I don’t get out of the house soon! See related entries: Anger
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