Share this entry


Synonyms of spare in English:


  • 1 a spare set of keys
    North American alternate
    [Antonyms] principal
  • 2 the company proposes to sell off spare land
    surplus, surplus to requirements, superfluous, too much/many, supernumerary, excessive, in excess, going begging;
    redundant, not required, unnecessary, inessential, unessential, needless, unneeded, uncalled for, dispensable, disposable, expendable, unwanted, useless;
    Frenchde trop
    [Antonyms] useful, required
  • 3 what do you do in your spare time?
    free, leisure, unoccupied, own
    [Antonyms] occupied
  • 4 a spare, bearded figure
    willowy, sylphlike, svelte, lissom, graceful, snake-hipped, rangy, clean-limbed, trim, slight, slightly built, without an ounce of fat;
    thin, as thin as a reed, skinny, size-zero, gaunt, attenuated, lanky, spindly
    informalskin and bone
    [Antonyms] fat
  • Phrases

    go spare

    British informal he'll go spare if you're late
    become very angry, become enraged, go into a rage, lose one's temper
    British informalgo crackers, do one's nut
    North American informalflip one's wig, blow one's lid/stack
    vulgar slanggo apeshit


    Back to top  
  • 1 he could not spare any money
    afford, do without, manage without, get along without, dispense with, part with, give, let someone have, provide
  • 2 animal lovers launched an appeal to spare the dog few of the men were spared by their captors
    not harm, leave uninjured, leave unhurt;
    be merciful to, show mercy to, have mercy on, be lenient to, deal leniently with, have pity on;
    pardon, grant a pardon to, excuse, leave unpunished, forgive, reprieve, release, free, let off, amnesty
    informalgo easy on
  • Phrases

    to spare

    we still have a few plants to spare
    left over, left, over, remaining, unused, unneeded, not required, still available, surplus to requirements;
    informalgoing begging

    Definition of spare in:

    Share this entry


    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources