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Definition of spear in English:


1A weapon with a pointed tip, typically of steel, and a long shaft, used for thrusting or throwing.
Example sentences
  • Their traditional hunting weapons were spears and blow guns.
  • The spear was the commonest weapon with an iron blade on a wooden shaft, often of ash and 2 to 3m in length.
  • Swords, spears, and other weapons of obvious value stuck out of the mounds at odd angles.
1.1An instrument with a long shaft and a barbed tip used for catching fish.
Example sentences
  • One of the traditional fishing methods in the Kavango includes fishing with spears.
  • Whaling in Korea dates back to the prehistoric era, as is evidenced by rock carvings, as well as bones and fishing spears found in Ulsan that are 5,000 years old.
  • The Ojibwa fished throughout the year, using hooks, nets, spears, and traps.
1.2 archaic A spearman.
2A plant shoot, especially a pointed stem of asparagus or broccoli: smoked salmon wrapped around asparagus spears
More example sentences
  • Deb emerged from her cubicle, and shyly asked Gil's permission to eat two Portobello mushrooms and a spear of asparagus for dinner.
  • My father is still picking stray asparagus spears from a commercial asparagus patch that was planted when he was a boy, and, that was a long time ago!
  • Above and below the fava beans I've placed asparagus spears.


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Pierce or strike with a spear or other pointed object: she speared her last chip with her fork
More example sentences
  • Then, with a lucky stab, Johnny speared the snake with the frog gig, just behind its neck.
  • His foot and leg injury cause him to limp as he sprints toward Spike and spears him to the ground.
  • Queequeg spears a male on the outer rim of the crowd.


the spear side
The male side or members of a family. The opposite of the distaff side.


Old English spere, of Germanic origin; compare with Dutch speer and German Speer.

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