Spade - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |speɪd|  American pronunciation of the word spade
Brit.  |speɪd|  British pronunciation of the word spade


- a playing card in the major suit that has one or more black figures on it
- a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot


- dig (up) with a spade


The garden needs spading up well before we can plant the seeds.

I spade compost into the flower beds

He used a spade to loosen the soil.

...although the spade is usable as a snow shovel, it doesn't do a very good job...

He quickly learns that every delve of his spade in the earth means money.

The spade and fork have longer shafts, providing better leverage.

The gardener rested for a moment on his spade, then proceeded with his work.

Find a spade and set to, there's a lot of work to do in the garden.

if my partner has a spade stopper I can bid no trump

Word forms

singular: spade
plural: spades
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