6) a cutting tool for stripping the blubber from a whale or skin from a carcass call a spade a spade to speak plainly and frankly verb (tr) to use a spade on Derived Formsspader, noun Word Origin for spade Old English spadu; related.If a trick contains a spade, the highest spade wins.

Spade 1 (spd).Of spada orig., sword Latin spatha Greek spáth; compare spade 1 usage: Definition 4 is a slur and should be avoided.

Seventeen Booth Tarkington Explore m When Mixed Isnt Enough Enjoy The Yummy Umami Of This Weeks Quiz What Are The Differences Between These Emoji Faces?Any of various similar digging or cutting tools.In typography, the spade is a symbol stylized from the idea of the tool.