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spade

play
noun \ˈspād\

Definition of spade

  1. 1 :  a digging implement adapted for being pushed into the ground with the foot

  2. 2 :  a spade-shaped instrument

spadeful

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun


Origin and Etymology of spade

Middle English, from Old English spadu; akin to Greek spathē blade of a sword or oar


First Known Use: before 12th century

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spade

verb

Definition of spade

spaded

spading

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to dig up or out or shape with or as if with a spade

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to use a spade

spader

noun


Circa 1647

First Known Use of spade

circa 1647


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spade

noun

Definition of spade

  1. 1a plural but sing or plural in constr :  the suit comprising cards marked with spadesb :  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

  2. 2 offensive —used as an insulting and contemptuous term for a black person

in spades

  1. :  to an unusually great degree :  in the extreme



Origin and Etymology of spade

Italian spada or Spanish espada broadsword; both from Latin spatha, from Greek spathē blade


First Known Use: circa 1598


SPADE Defined for Kids

spade

play
noun \ˈspād\

Definition of spade for Students

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




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