- 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.
spade definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- 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: Spanish espada, sword (the sign used on Spanish cards) ; from Classical Latin spatha, flat blade ; from Classical Greek spathē: see spade
spade definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English spadu.
- spadˈer noun
- 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: Italian spade, pl. of spada, card suit, from Latin spatha, sword, broad-bladed stirrer, from Greek spathē, broad blade.
spade - Phrases/Idioms
call a spade a spade
Etymology: from the fact that spades are the highest suit in bridge, etc.