WOTW #30 sparing

Is it ‘sparing’ or ‘sparring’?

It’s actually both. The two are different words.  Let’s look the adjective, sparing :

As an adjective, sparing means moderate; economical, frugal, or prudent.

Example sentences:

  1.  Due to the economic downturn, we need to lead a more sparing lifestyle as our income has been affected.
  2. The news article announced that a Covid-19 vaccine will be available soon but it is very sparing in detail.
  3. After my diagnosis for diabetes was confirmed, I am now on a sparing diet.
Spare can also be a verb

There is also the word ‘sparing‘ as a verb — from the word ‘spare‘.

For example: The king spared all the rebels because they helped him defend the country against the invading forces.

In this case, ‘sparing’ means to ‘not punish.’

So what is ‘sparring’?

Sparring is the make the motions of boxing without landing heavy blows, as a form of training. Its root word is ‘spar‘.


Sparing can be an adjective or a verb and it has different meaning when its use.

Sparring is a verb and it’s totally different from sparing.


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