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SPADE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spade mean? 

SPADE (noun)
  The noun SPADE has 3 senses:

1. a playing card in the major suit that has one or more black figures on it
2. a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot
3. (ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person

  Familiarity information: SPADE used as a noun is uncommon.


SPADE (verb)
  The verb SPADE has 1 sense:

1. dig (up) with a spade

  Familiarity information: SPADE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPADE (noun)


Sense 1spade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context examples:

she led a low spade / spades were trumps

Hypernyms ("spade" is a kind of...):

playing card (one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games)

Holonyms ("spade" is a member of...):

major suit ((bridge) a suit of superior scoring value, either spades or hearts)


Sense 2spade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("spade" is a kind of...):

hand shovel (a shovel that is operated by hand)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spade"):

ditch spade; long-handled spade (a spade with a long handle for digging narrow ditches)

garden spade (a spade used by gardeners)


Sense 3spade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

jigaboo; nigga; nigger; nigra; coon; spade

Context example:

only a Black can call another Black a nigga

Hypernyms ("spade" is a kind of...):

Black; Black person; blackamoor; Negro; Negroid (a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa))

Domain usage:

ethnic slur (a slur on someone's race or language)


SPADE (verb)


Sense 1spade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dig (up) with a spade

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

I spade compost into the flower beds

Hypernyms (to "spade" is one way to...):

cut into; delve; dig; turn over (turn up, loosen, or remove earth)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "spade"):

ridge (spade into alternate ridges and troughs)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


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