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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spadespeɪd(n.; v.)spad•ed, spad•ing.

  1. (n.)a tool for digging, typically having a long handle and a narrow, flat metal blade that can be pressed into the ground with the foot.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. an implement or part resembling this.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. (v.t.)to dig, cut, or remove with a spade.

Idioms for spade:

  1. call a spade a spade,to speak plainly and bluntly.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of spade:

bef. 900; ME (n.); OE spadu, c. OFris spada, OS spado



  1. a black figure shaped like an inverted heart with a short stem at the cusp opposite the point, used on playing cards.

    Category: Games

  2. a card of the suit bearing such figures.

    Category: Games

  3. spades, (used with a sing. or pl. v.) the suit so marked. (used with a pl. v.) (in casino) the winning of seven spades or more.

    Category: Games

  4. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.)

    Category: Status (usage)

Idioms for spade:

  1. in spades, Informal. in the extreme; to the utmost. without restraint.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: Definition 4 is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting.

Origin of spade:

1590–1600; < It, pl. of spada orig., sword < L spatha < Gk spáthē; cf. spade1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spade(noun)

    a playing card in the major suit that has one or more black figures on it

    "she led a low spade"; "spades were trumps"

  2. spade(noun)

    a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot

  3. spade(verb)

    dig (up) with a spade

    "I spade compost into the flower beds"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spade(noun)ɪd

    a tool for digging

    digging in the garden with a spade


  1. spade(Noun)

    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.

  2. spade(Noun)

    A playing card marked with the symbol u2660.

    I've got only one spade in my hand.

  3. spade(Noun)

    A black person.

  4. spade(Verb)

    To turn over soil with a spade to loosen the ground for planting.

  5. Origin: From spadu, spada, of origin. Cognate with Old Frisian spada, Old Saxon spado, German Spaten. Ultimately from spə-dh-, whence also Ancient Greek σπάθη, Hittite .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spade(noun)

    a hart or stag three years old

  2. Spade(noun)

    a castrated man or beast

  3. Spade(noun)

    an implement for digging or cutting the ground, consisting usually of an oblong and nearly rectangular blade of iron, with a handle like that of a shovel

  4. Spade(noun)

    one of that suit of cards each of which bears one or more figures resembling a spade

  5. Spade(noun)

    a cutting instrument used in flensing a whale

  6. Spade(verb)

    to dig with a spade; to pare off the sward of, as land, with a spade


  1. Spade

    A spade is a tool designed primarily for the purpose of digging or removing earth and spreading the soil. Early spades were made of riven wood. After the art of metalworking was discovered, spades were made with sharper tips of metal. Before the introduction of metal spades manual labor was less efficient at moving earth, with picks being required to break up the soil in addition to a spade for moving the dirt. With a metal tip, a spade can both break and move the earth in most situations, increasing efficiency.

Anagrams of SPADE

  1. adeps

Translations for SPADE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a tool with a broad blade and a handle, used for digging.

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