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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
spade1 /speɪd/USA pronunciation   n., v., spad•ed, spad•ing. 

n. [countable]
  1. Buildinga tool for digging, having a long handle and a narrow metal blade that can be pressed into the ground with the foot.

v. [+ object]
  1. to dig, cut, or remove with a spade.
idiom
  1. Idiomscall a spade a spade, to speak truthfully and bluntly:Let's call a spade a spade: I deserved that promotion and you didn't want me to have it.

spade•ful, n. [countable],pl. -fuls. 

spade2 /speɪd/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Games[countable] a black figure shaped like an upside-down heart with a short stem opposite the point, used on playing cards to mark a suit.
  2. Games[countable] a card of the suit bearing such figures.
  3. Gamesspades, the suit so marked: [uncountable; used with a singular verb]Spades has been dealt.[plural; used with a plural verb]Spades were led in the last hand.
  4. Slang Terms[countable][Slang](disparaging and offensive). a black person.
idiom
    in spades, [Informal.]
      • in the extreme;
        to the utmost:He's a hypocrite, in spades.
      • without restraint:I told him what I thought of him, in spades.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
spade1  (spād), 
n., v., spad•ed, spad•ing. 

n. 
  1. Buildinga tool for digging, having an iron blade adapted for pressing into the ground with the foot and a long handle commonly with a grip or crosspiece at the top, and with the blade usually narrower and flatter than that of a shovel.
  2. Buildingsome implement, piece, or part resembling this.
  3. Militarya sharp projection on the bottom of a gun trail, designed to dig into the earth to restrict backward movement of the carriage during recoil.
  4. call a spade a spade, to call something by its real name;
    be candidly explicit;
    speak plainly or bluntly:To call a spade a spade, he's a crook.
  5. in spades, [Informal.]
      • in the extreme; positively:He's a hypocrite, in spades.
      • without restraint;
        outspokenly:I told him what I thought, in spades.

v.t. 
  1. to dig, cut, or remove with a spade (sometimes fol. by up):Let's spade up the garden and plant some flowers.
Etymology:bef. 900;
Middle English (noun, nominal);
Old English spadu;
cognate with Dutch spade, German Spaten, Old Norse spathi spade, Greek spáthē broad, flat piece of wood
spadelike′, adj. 
spader, n. 

spade2 (spād), 
n. 
  1. Gamesa black figure shaped like an inverted heart and with a short stem at the cusp opposite the point, used on playing cards.
  2. Gamesa card of the suit bearing such figures.
  3. spades: 
      • (used with a sing. or pl. v.) the suit so marked:Spades is trump. Spades count double.
      • (used with a pl. v.) Casino. the winning of seven spades or more.
  4. Slang Terms[Slang](disparaging and offensive). a black person.
Etymology:
  • Greek spáthē; see spade1
  • Latin spatha
  • Italian, plural of spada origin, originally, sword
  • 1590–1600


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

spade /speɪd/ n
  1. a tool for digging, typically consisting of a flat rectangular steel blade attached to a long wooden handle
  2. an object or part resembling a spade in shape
  3. a cutting tool for stripping the blubber from a whale or skin from a carcass
  4. call a spade a spadeto speak plainly and frankly
vb
  1. (transitive) to use a spade on
Etymology: Old English spadu; related to Old Norse spathi, Old High German spato, Greek spathē blade

ˈspader n
spade /speɪd/ n
  1. the black symbol on a playing card resembling a heart-shaped leaf with a stem
  2. a card with one or more of these symbols or (when pl) the suit of cards so marked, usually the highest ranking of the four
  3. a derogatory word for Black1
  4. in spadesinformal in an extreme or emphatic way
Etymology: 16th Century: from Italian spada sword, used as an emblem on playing cards, from Latin spatha, from Greek spathē blade, broadsword



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