Definition of spareribs in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsperribz/ /ˈspɛrrɪbz/

plural noun

  • Closely trimmed ribs of pork or sometimes beef.

    ‘Savor the steamed shrimp dumplings or pork spareribs.’
    • ‘New Yorkers discovered ‘real’ Chinese regional cuisine, but the spareribs have endured.’
    • ‘Tonight we had a great dinner, it was spareribs, mashed potatoes and shortbread for dessert.’
    • ‘Barbecue spareribs were not on the menu at Base Camp.’
    • ‘The sweetness of his spareribs is tempered by toasted sesame.’
    • ‘The Fourth of July Bash includes a roast suckling pig, barbecued spareribs and charcoal-broiled steaks.’
    • ‘The cook who served the spareribs returns with a carton of ice cream.’
    • ‘Take a bite of his perfectly crusted, tender spareribs, and respect may turn to reverence.’
    • ‘I was told that the more run-down the town, the better the music and spareribs.’


Late 16th century probably from Middle Low German ribbesper (by transposition of the syllables), and associated with the adjective spare.