sparing Definition

  • 1using very little of something
  • 2not giving or spending much
  • 3avoiding waste

Using sparing: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sparing" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was sparing with his words.

  • Example

    She is sparing in her use of makeup.

  • Example

    The coach was sparing in his praise for the team's performance.

sparing Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with sparing

  • a boxing partner who does not hit hard, used for training purposes


    He practiced his punches with a sparing partner.

  • using only a small amount of something


    The recipe calls for sparing use of salt.

  • not limiting the amount of money spent on something


    They spared no expense in planning their wedding.


Summary: sparing in Brief

Sparing [ˈspɛrɪŋ] means using very little of something, avoiding waste, or not giving or spending much. It is often used to describe someone who is economical or thrifty, as in 'She is sparing in her use of makeup.' 'Sparing' can also refer to sparing partners in boxing, and the phrase 'sparing no expense' means not limiting the amount of money spent on something.