- One who, or that which, spades; specifically, a digging machine.
Variant of spade
- 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
to call something by its right name; use plain, blunt words