spade

If you're a gardener, you know that a spade is a small shovel with a short handle. A spade is perfect for planting bulbs and digging up weeds.

In addition to a small digging tool, a spade is also a suit of playing card — the black one that looks a bit like an upside-down heart. There's even a card game called "Spades" in which a spade has a higher value than any other suit. The two meanings have different roots; the card suit spade comes from the Greek spathe, and the little shovel kind of spade has Proto-Germanic roots that mean "flat piece of wood."

Primary Meanings of spade

1.
nv
a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot
dig (up) with a spade
2.
n
a playing card in the major suit that has one or more black figures on it
Full Definitions of spade
1

n a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot

Types:
ditch spade, long-handled spade
a spade with a long handle for digging narrow ditches
garden spade
a spade used by gardeners
Type of:
hand shovel
a shovel that is operated by hand

v dig (up) with a spade

“I spade compost into the flower beds”
Types:
ridge
spade into alternate ridges and troughs
Type of:
cut into, delve, dig, turn over
turn up, loosen, or remove earth
2

n a playing card in the major suit that has one or more black figures on it

“she led a low spade
spades were trumps”
Type of:
playing card
one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games

n (ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person

Type of:
Black, Black person, Negro, Negroid, blackamoor
a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)

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