• (British) IPA: /spɪə̯(ɹ)/
  • (Canada, America) IPA: /spɪɹ/

spear (plural spears)

  1. A long stick with a sharp tip used as a weapon for throwing or thrusting, or anything used to make a thrusting motion.
  2. (now chiefly historical) A soldier armed with such a weapon; a spearman.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 187:
      Two of the four spears came directly from Lady Margaret's staff. One was her great-nephew Maurice St John […].
  3. A lance with barbed prongs, used by fishermen to retrieve fish.
  4. (ice hockey) An illegal maneuver using the end of a hockey stick to strike into another hockey player.
  5. (wrestling) In professional wrestling, a running tackle in which the wrestler's shoulder is driven into the opponent's midsection.
  6. A shoot, as of grass; a spire.
  7. The feather of a horse.
  8. The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is attached; a pump rod.
  9. A long, thin strip from a vegetable.
    asparagus and broccoli spears
Translations Translations Verb

spear (spears, present participle spearing; past and past participle speared)

  1. (transitive) To pierce with a spear.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To penetrate or strike with, or as if with, any long narrow object; to make a thrusting motion that catches an object on the tip of a long device.
    • 2003, Stan Fischler, ‎Shirley Fischler, Who's who in Hockey
      Former teammate Derek Sanderson recalls that Maki hit Ted from behind as Green was clearing the puck from the Boston zone. Green turned to knock Maki down, but Maki speared him as he rose from the ice.
  3. (intransitive) To shoot into a long stem, as some plants do.

spear (not comparable)

  1. Male.
    a spear counterpart
    • 2018, A Very English Scandal (TV series) (episode 1)
      When I was young, I was so desperate I'd go looking on the spear side.
  2. Pertaining to male family members.
    the spear side of the family
Proper noun
  1. Surname
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