Pronunciation Noun

spade (plural spades)

  1. A garden tool with a handle and a flat blade for digging. Not to be confused with a shovel which is used for moving earth or other materials.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      'Make your mind easy,' Ratsey said; 'I have dug too often in this graveyard for any to wonder if they see me with a spade.'
  2. A playing card marked with the symbol .
    I've got only one spade in my hand.
  3. (offensive, ethnic slur) A black person.
  4. A cutting instrument used in flensing a whale.
Translations Translations Translations Verb

spade (spades, present participle spading; past and past participle spaded)

  1. To turn over soil with a spade to loosen the ground for planting.

spade (plural spades)

  1. A hart or stag three years old.
  2. A castrated man or animal.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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