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Scanty vs. Spare — What's the Difference?

Scanty vs. Spare — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Scanty and Spare

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Scanty

Small or insufficient in amount, size, or extent
Scanty rations.
Scanty evidence.

Spare

To refrain from harming, injuring, destroying, or killing
The general spared the city from a bombardment.

Scanty

Not covering a considerable amount of the body
A scanty bathing suit.

Spare

To leave undamaged or unharmed
The oldest trees in the forest were spared from the fire.

Scanty

Somewhat less than is needed in amplitude or extent.
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Spare

To refrain from denouncing or distressing; treat leniently or with consideration
The teacher spared the student's feelings by not criticizing her.

Scanty

Sparing; niggardly; parsimonious; stingy.
A girl dressed in scanty clothing

Spare

To allow (someone) to avoid experiencing or doing (something)
Spared myself the trouble of going to the store.

Scanty

Wanting amplitude or extent; narrow; small; not abundant.
His dominions were very narrow and scanty.
Now scantier limits the proud arch confine.

Spare

To hold back from; withhold or avoid
Spared no expense for the celebration.

Scanty

Somewhat less than is needed; insufficient; scant; as, a scanty supply of words; a scanty supply of bread.

Spare

To use or supply with restraint
Don't spare the mustard.

Scanty

Sparing; niggardly; parsimonious.
In illustrating a point of difficulty, be not too scanty of words.

Spare

To give or grant out of one's resources; afford
Can you spare ten minutes?.

Scanty

Short underpants for women or children (usually used in the plural)

Spare

Kept in reserve
Spare parts.

Scanty

Lacking in amplitude or quantity;
A bare livelihood
A scanty harvest
A spare diet

Spare

Being in excess of what is needed; extra
Spare cash.

Spare

Free for other use; unoccupied
Spare time.

Spare

Not lavish, abundant, or excessive; meager
A spare breakfast.

Spare

Lean and trim
A runner with a spare figure.

Spare

Not elaborate or ornate; simple
A writer's spare style.

Spare

A replacement, especially a tire, reserved for future need.

Spare

The act of knocking down all ten pins with two successive rolls of a bowling ball.

Spare

The score so made.

Spare

Scant; not abundant or plentiful.
A spare diet

Spare

Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; not spending much money.

Spare

Being more than what is necessary, or what must be used or reserved; not wanted, or not used; superfluous.
I have no spare time.

Spare

Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency.
A spare anchor; a spare wheel or tyre

Spare

Not occupied or in current use.
We could rent out the spare room.

Spare

Lean; lacking flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.

Spare

Very angry; frustrated or distraught.
When he found out that someone had broken the window, he went spare.
The poor girl is going spare, stuck in the house all day with the kids like that.

Spare

The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.

Spare

Parsimony; frugal use.

Spare

An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.

Spare

That which has not been used or expended.

Spare

A spare part, especially a spare tire.

Spare

A superfluous or second-best person.

Spare

(bowling) The right of bowling again at a full set of pins, after having knocked all the pins down in less than three bowls. If all the pins are knocked down in one bowl it is a double spare; in two bowls, a single spare.

Spare

(bowling) The act of knocking down all remaining pins in second ball of a frame; this entitles the pins knocked down on the next ball to be added to the score for that frame.

Spare

(Canada) A free period; a block of school during which one does not have a class.

Spare

(Myanmar) assistant or extra hand typically on buses and lorries

Spare

To show mercy.

Spare

(intransitive) To desist; to stop; to refrain.

Spare

(intransitive) To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.

Spare

(transitive) To preserve (someone) from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm (someone); to show mercy towards.

Spare

To keep.

Spare

(intransitive) To be frugal; to not be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious.

Spare

(transitive) To keep to oneself; to forbear to impart or give.

Spare

(transitive) To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.

Spare

(transitive) to give up To deprive oneself of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.

Spare

To use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save.
[Thou] thy Father's dreadful thunder didst not spare.
He that hath knowledge, spareth his words.

Spare

To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.
Be pleased your plitics to spare.
Spare my sight the painOf seeing what a world of tears it costs you.

Spare

To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.
Spare us, good Lord.
Dim sadness did not spareThat time celestial visages.
Man alone can whom he conquers spare.

Spare

To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
All the time he could spare from the necessary cares of his weighty charge, he estowed on . . . serving of God.

Spare

To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
Where angry Jove did never spareOne breath of kind and temperate air.
I could have better spared a better man.
Her thought that a lady should her spare.

Spare

To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious.
I, who at some times spend, at others spare,Divided between carelessness and care.

Spare

To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.
He will not spare in the day of vengeance.

Spare

To desist; to stop; to refrain.

Spare

Scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.

Spare

Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.
He was spare, but discreet of speech.

Spare

Being over and above what is necessary, or what must be used or reserved; not wanted, or not used; superfluous; as, I have no spare time.
If that no spare clothes he had to give.

Spare

Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room.

Spare

Lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.
O, give me the spare men, and spare me the great ones.

Spare

Slow.

Spare

The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.
Killing for sacrifice, without any spare.

Spare

Parsimony; frugal use.
Poured out their plenty without spite or spare.

Spare

An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.

Spare

That which has not been used or expended.

Spare

The right of bowling again at a full set of pins, after having knocked all the pins down in less than three bowls. If all the pins are knocked down in one bowl it is a double spare; in two bowls, a single spare. For the meaning in modern bowling, see sense 6.

Spare

The act of knocking down all ten pins in two bowls, which entitles the bowler to add the number of pins knocked down in the next bowl to the score for the frame in which the spare occurred.

Spare

An extra component of a machine or other apparatus

Spare

An extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle

Spare

A score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls

Spare

Refrain from harming

Spare

Save or relieve from an experience or action;
I'll spare you from having to apologize formally

Spare

Give up what is not strictly needed;
He asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey

Spare

Use frugally or carefully

Spare

Thin and fit;
The spare figure of a marathon runner
A body kept trim by exercise

Spare

More than is needed, desired, or required;
Trying to lose excess weight
Found some extra change lying on the dresser
Yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant
Skills made redundant by technological advance
Sleeping in the spare room
Supernumerary ornamentation
It was supererogatory of her to gloat
Delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words
Extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts
Surplus cheese distributed to the needy

Spare

Just sufficient;
The library had a spare but efficient look

Spare

Not taken up by scheduled activities;
A free hour between classes
Spare time on my hands

Spare

Kept in reserve especially for emergency use;
A reserve supply of food
A spare tire
Spare parts

Spare

Lacking in amplitude or quantity;
A bare livelihood
A scanty harvest
A spare diet

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