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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.
Origin and Etymology of jade
Examples of jade in a Sentence
a steady diet of nothing but lobster would jade the palate of even the most ardent lobster lover
put to sleep;
Synonym Discussion of jade
- the long ride tired us out
- wearied of the constant arguing
- fatigued by the day's chores
- shoveling snow exhausted him
- appetites jaded by overindulgence
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