Talk:spare

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Definitions[edit]

I may be wrong, but to me it looks as if the definitions are rather randomly mixed between the adjective, noun and verb sections. For example, under Adjective: "To use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save". Is that not a definition of a verb? "The man used the machine frugally". Replacing "to use" with "used" etc. would make more sense.

-- 85.30.174.70 08:54, 9 June 2006 (UTC)

Tea room discussion[edit]

Note: the below discussion was moved from the Wiktionary:Tea room.

There is a missing verb sense, but I'm not certain which etymology it belongs under (or if it's a third), "go spare"/"went spare" meaning go/went crazy, become/became very angry. "goes spare" does get some use in this meaning, but nowhere near as much as go/went. I'm not sure that it is used in the present tense though, as all the bgc hits (at leas the first 20) for "going spare" are for a completely different sense (e.g. "there's some bacon going spare if you want any"). Thryduulf 22:41, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

That's not a verb, but a modifier of some sort, IMHO probably an adjective. OTOH, if it's really only used with the verb go, then it should be at go spare, not at spare. —RuakhTALK 23:28, 21 May 2008 (UTC)


Could it be it is "went spur"? ie a sudden change of mood like a horse jabbed by a spur.