jade

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noun (1)

1
: either of two tough compact typically green gemstones that take a high polish:
a
b
2
: a sculpture or artifact of jade
3

jade

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verb

jaded; jading

intransitive verb

: to become weary or dulled

transitive verb

1
a
: to wear out by overwork or abuse
b
: to tire or dull through repetition or excess
2
obsolete : to make ridiculous

jade

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noun (2)

1
: a broken-down, vicious, or worthless horse
2
a
: a disreputable woman
b
: a flirtatious girl

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The English word jade that means “to weary” is not related to the name of the green stone jade. The origin of the earlier jade is uncertain. It was first used in Middle English to mean “a broken-down horse.” Later the word for a worthless horse was often applied to a woman (or, very rarely, to a man) considered worthless. Now a jade is more often a disreputable woman than a broken-down horse. Jaded, meaning “worn out,” is also derived from the equine jade. Originally, to jade a horse was to make a jade of it, to wear it out or break it down by overwork or abuse. It was not long before people, too, could be called jaded.

Choose the Right Synonym for jade

tire, weary, fatigue, exhaust, jade mean to make or become unable or unwilling to continue.

tire implies a draining of one's strength or patience.

the long ride tired us out

weary stresses tiring until one is unable to endure more of the same thing.

wearied of the constant arguing

fatigue suggests great lassitude from excessive strain or undue effort.

fatigued by the day's chores

exhaust implies complete draining of strength by hard exertion.

shoveling snow exhausted him

jade suggests the loss of all freshness and eagerness.

appetites jaded by overindulgence

Example Sentences

Verb a steady diet of nothing but lobster would jade the palate of even the most ardent lobster lover

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

French, from obsolete Spanish (piedra de la) ijada, literally, loin stone, ultimately from Latin ilia, plural, flanks; from the belief that jade cures renal colic

Noun (2)

Middle English

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1615, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of jade was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Jade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jade. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

jade 1 of 3

noun

: a broken-down, bad-tempered, or worthless horse

jade

2 of 3

verb

jaded; jading
1
b
: to become weary
2
: to make dull or uninterested by too much of something

jade

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noun

: a tough usually green gemstone that takes a high polish

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