From Middle English spere, sperre, spear, from Old English spere, from Proto-Germanic *speru (compare West Frisian spear, Dutch speer, German Speer, Old Norse spjǫr), related to *sparrô (compare Middle Dutch sparre (“rafter”), Old Norse sparri (“spar, rafter”), sperra (“rafter, beam”)), from Proto-Indo-European *sperH- (compare Latin sparus (“short spear”), Albanian ferrë (“thorn, thornbush”)). See park.
spear (plural spears)
- A long stick with a sharp tip used as a weapon for throwing or thrusting, or anything used to make a thrusting motion.
- (now chiefly historical) A soldier armed with such a weapon; a spearman.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
- 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 187:
- Two of the four spears came directly from Lady Margaret's staff. One was her great-nephew Maurice St John […].
- A lance with barbed prongs, used by fishermen to retrieve fish.
- (ice hockey) An illegal maneuver using the end of a hockey stick to strike into another hockey player.
- (wrestling) In professional wrestling, a running tackle in which the wrestler's shoulder is driven into the opponent's midsection.
- A shoot, as of grass; a spire.
- The feather of a horse.
- The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is attached; a pump rod.
- A long, thin strip from a vegetable.
- asparagus and broccoli spears
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- assegai, assagai, assagaie, assagay, assegay, azagaia, hassagay, hassaguay, zagaie, zagaye
- spit, used to grill food on fire
- To penetrate or strike with, or as if with, any long narrow object. To make a thrusting motion that catches an object on the tip of a long device.
- (intransitive) To shoot into a long stem, as some plants do.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Mortimer to this entry?)
- a spear counterpart
- Pertaining to male family members
- the spear side of the family
- Asper, Earps, Pears, Peras, RESPA, Rapes, Spera, apers, apres, après, aprés, as per, asper, pares, parse, pears, prase, presa, præs., rapes, reaps, sarpe, spare