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Line breaks: spar¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈspɛːrɪŋ

Definition of sparing in English:


Moderate; economical: physicians advised sparing use of the ointment
More example sentences
  • Saving money without sparing style helped Peggy and Brad Goodwin of Vancouver, Washington, take the top Bathroom Remodelings prize.
  • He makes sparing and intelligent use of special effects.
  • I think the only unhealthy drink I've ever seen him consume would be alcohol, and even that only in sparing amounts.
thrifty, economical, frugal, canny, careful, prudent, cautious, abstemious, saving, energy-efficient, energy-saving, fuel-efficient, scrimping, parsimonious;
informal stingy, tight-fisted, tight, mingy, money-grubbing, skinflinty
North American informal cheap
archaic near
British vulgar slang tight-arsed, tight as a duck's arse



Example sentences
  • Recognized by natives as a precious resource, timber has been used relatively sparingly throughout.
  • Garam masala is in any case always used sparingly.
  • Silverman, who has used lasers very sparingly in his practice, has generally not been happy with the results.


Example sentences
  • The floor-to-ceiling windows and doors provide the spatial sparingness with a certain noblesse.
  • It bursts forth out of this quietude and sparingness.
  • Wood must be handled with care, selected with sparingness and used with competence.

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