- The definition of a spade is a flat-bladed tool used for digging, or a suit of cards marked with an image of an upside down heart such as this image - ♠
- An example of a spade is a small metal tool with a wooden handle used in home gardening.
- An example of a spade is the mark on a suit of playing cards.
- Spade means to dig.
An example of spade is to dig into the ground.
- a heavy, flat-bladed, long-handled tool used for digging by pressing the metal blade into the ground with the foot
- any of several tools resembling a spade
- a part of the trail of a gun carriage which digs into the ground, so as to brace the gun during recoil
Origin of spadeMiddle English ; from Old English spadu, akin to German spaten ; from Indo-European base an unverified form spē-, long flat piece of wood from source spoon, Classical Greek spathē
call a spade a spade
- any of a suit of playing cards marked with black figures shaped like this: ♠
- this suit of cards
- Slang black (): term of contempt and prejudice
Origin of spadeSpanish espada, sword (the sign used on Spanish cards) ; from Classical Latin spatha, flat blade ; from Classical Greek spathē: see spade
Origin of spadefrom the fact that spades are the highest suit in bridge, etc.
- A sturdy digging tool having a thick handle and a heavy, flat blade that can be pressed into the ground with the foot.
- Any of various similar digging or cutting tools.
transitive verbspad·ed, spad·ing, spades
Origin of spadeMiddle English, from Old English spadu.
- Games a. A black, leaf-shaped figure on certain playing cards.b. A playing card with this figure.c. also spades (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The suit of cards represented by this figure.
- Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a black person.
Origin of spadeItalian spade, pl. of spada, card suit, from Latin spatha, sword, broad-bladed stirrer, from Greek spathē, broad blade.
- A garden tool with a handle and a flat blade for digging. Not to be confused with a shovel which is used for moving earth or other materials.
- A playing card marked with the symbol â™ .
- I've got only one spade in my hand.
- (offensive, ethnic slur) A black person.
- A cutting instrument used in flensing a whale.
(third-person singular simple present spades, present participle spading, simple past and past participle spaded)
- To turn over soil with a spade to loosen the ground for planting.
- (videogaming) To collect and statistically analyze data, for the purpose of determining the underlying random number generator structure or numeric formula.
From Old English spadu, spada, from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Old Frisian spada, Old Saxon spado, German Spaten. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *sphâ‚‚-dÊ°-, whence also Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ€Î¬Î¸Î· (spathÄ“, “blade"), Hittite iÅ¡patar (“spear") [Cuneiform?].
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Compare spay, noun.