Spar - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spɑːr|  American pronunciation of the word spar
Brit.  |spɑː|  British pronunciation of the word spar


- any of various nonmetallic minerals (calcite or feldspar) that are light in color and transparent or translucent and cleavable
- a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
- making the motions of attack and defense with the fists and arms; a part of training for a boxer (syn: sparring)


- furnish with spars
- fight with spurs
- box lightly
- fight verbally


This promising young fighter needs a tough opponent to spar with.

He broke his nose while sparring with Vega.

Senators are sparring over the health bill.

He's been sparring with the security guards.

Have you been sparring with the neighbours again?

They were sparring all night

furled sails bound securely to the spar

Word forms

I/you/we/they: spar
he/she/it: spars
present participle: sparring
past tense: sparred
past participle: sparred
singular: spar
plural: spars
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