- 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 ♠.
- I've got only one spade in my hand.
- (offensive, ethnic slur) A black person.
- A cutting instrument used in flensing a whale.
- in spades
- call a spade a spade
(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 *sph₂-dʰ-, whence also Ancient Greek σπάθη (spathē, “blade”), Hittite išpatar (“spear”) [Cuneiform?].
Compare spay, noun.