AskDefine | Define spear

Dictionary Definition



1 a long pointed rod used as a weapon [syn: lance, shaft]
2 an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish [syn: gig, fizgig, fishgig, lance]


1 pierce with a spear; "spear fish"
2 thrust up like a spear; "The branch speared up into the air" [syn: spear up]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English spere


  • /ˈspɪɚ/


  1. A long stick with a sharp tip used as a weapon for throwing or thrusting, or anything used to make a trusting motion.
  2. A sharp tool used by fishermen to retrieve fish.
  3. an illegal maneuver using the end of a hockey stick to strike into another hockey player


long stick with a sharp tip
  • Czech: kopí
  • Hungarian: dárda, lándzsa
  • Japanese: 槍, 鑓
  • Russian: копьё, дротик
sharp tool used by fishermen to retrieve fish

See also


  1. 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.

Related terms

West Frisian



Extensive Definition

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Spears usually thrown

Famous Spears

Notes and references

spear in Arabic: رمح
spear in Asturian: Llanza
spear in Bosnian: Koplje
spear in Bulgarian: Копие
spear in Czech: Kopí
spear in Danish: Spyd
spear in German: Speer
spear in Estonian: Oda
spear in Spanish: Lanza
spear in Esperanto: Lanco
spear in Persian: نیزه
spear in Korean: 창
spear in Croatian: Koplje
spear in Indonesian: Tombak
spear in Italian: Lancia (arma)
spear in Hebrew: חנית
spear in Kongo: Dikongo
spear in Malay (macrolanguage): Lembing
spear in Dutch: Speer
spear in Japanese: 槍
spear in Norwegian: Spyd
spear in Norwegian Nynorsk: Spyd
spear in Polish: Włócznia
spear in Portuguese: Lança
spear in Russian: Копьё
spear in Simple English: Spear
spear in Slovenian: Kopje
spear in Finnish: Keihäs
spear in Swedish: Spjut
spear in Thai: หอก
spear in Ukrainian: Спис
spear in Chinese: 矛

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