Meaning of SPAR in English


I. spar 1 /spɑː $ spɑːr/ BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle sparred , present participle sparring ) [intransitive]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Origin: Probably from spur ]

1 . to practise ↑ boxing with someone

spar with

He broke his nose while sparring with Vega.

2 . to argue with someone but not in an unpleasant way

spar over

Senators are sparring over the health bill.

spar with

He’s been sparring with the security guards.

⇨ ↑ sparring partner

II. spar 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

a thick pole, especially one used on a ship to support sails or ropes ⇨ mast

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