noun \ˈspād\

Definition of SPADE

:  a digging implement adapted for being pushed into the ground with the foot
:  a spade-shaped instrument
spade·ful \-ˌfl\ noun

Origin of SPADE

Middle English, from Old English spadu; akin to Greek spathē blade of a sword or oar
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang



Definition of SPADE

transitive verb
:  to dig up or out or shape with or as if with a spade
intransitive verb
:  to use a spade
spad·er noun

First Known Use of SPADE

circa 1647



Definition of SPADE

a plural but sing or plural in constr :  the suit comprising cards marked with spades
b :  a black figure that resembles a stylized spearhead on each playing card of one of the four suits; also :  a card marked with this figure
usually offensive :  black 4
in spades
:  to an unusually great degree :  in the extreme

Origin of SPADE

Italian spada or Spanish espada broadsword; both from Latin spatha, from Greek spathē blade
First Known Use: circa 1598

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce
SPADED Defined for Kids


noun \ˈspād\

Definition of SPADE for Kids

:  a digging tool with a long handle that has a flat blade which can be pushed into the ground with the foot


Next Word in the Dictionary: spade beardPrevious Word in the Dictionary: spadaiteAll Words Near: spade
July 29, 2015
indomitable Hear it
incapable of being subdued or conquered
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears