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jade Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a semiprecious gemstone that takes a high polish; is usually green but sometimes whitish; consists of jadeite or nephrite
  2. noun a woman adulterer
    strumpet; adulteress; slut; hussy; loose woman; trollop; fornicatress.
  3. noun a light green color varying from bluish green to yellowish green
    jade green.
  4. noun an old or over-worked horse
    plug; nag; hack.
  5. verb lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
    fatigue; pall; tire; weary.
    • I'm so tired of your mother and her complaints about my food
  6. verb exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
    wear out; tire; wear down; fag out; weary; fatigue; wear; tire out; outwear; fag; wear upon.
    • We wore ourselves out on this hike
  7. adjective satellite of something having the color of jade; especially varying from bluish green to yellowish green

Jade noun
F., fr. Sp. jade, fr. piedra de ijada stone of the side, fr. ijada flank, side, pain in the side, the stone being so named because it was supposed to cure this pain. Sp. ijada is derived fr. L. ilia flanks. Cf. Iliac.
  1. (Min.) A stone, commonly of a pale to dark green color but sometimes whitish. It is very hard and compact, capable of fine polish, and is used for ornamental purposes and for implements, esp. in Eastern countries and among many early peoples. ✍ The general term jade includes nephrite, a compact variety of tremolite with a specific gravity of 3, and also the mineral jadeite, a silicate of alumina and soda, with a specific gravity of 3.3. The latter is the more highly prized and includes the feitsui of the Chinese. The name has also been given to other tough green minerals capable of similar use.
Jade noun
OE. jade; cf. Prov. E. yaud, Scot. yade, yad, yaud, Icel. jalda a mare.
  1. A mean or tired horse; a worthless nag. Chaucer.
    Tired as a jade in overloaden cart. Sir P. Sidney.
  2. A disreputable or vicious woman; a wench; a quean; also, sometimes, a worthless man. Shak.
    She shines the first of battered jades. Swift.
  3. A young woman; -- generally so called in irony or slight contempt.
    A souple jade she was, and strang. Burns.
Jade transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Jaded; present participle & verbal noun Jading
  1. To treat like a jade; to spurn. Obs. Shak.
  2. To make ridiculous and contemptible. Obs.
    I do now fool myself, to let imagination jade me. Shak.
  3. To exhaust by overdriving or long-continued labor of any kind; to tire or wear out by severe or tedious tasks; to harass.
    The mind, once jaded by an attempt above its power, . . . checks at any vigorous undertaking ever after. Locke.
    Syn. -- To fatigue; tire; weary; harass. -- To Jade, Fatigue, Tire, Weary. Fatigue is the generic term; tire denotes fatigue which wastes the strength; weary implies that a person is worn out by exertion; jade refers to the weariness created by a long and steady repetition of the same act or effort. A little exertion will tire a child or a weak person; a severe or protracted task wearies equally the body and the mind; the most powerful horse becomes jaded on a long journey by a continual straining of the same muscles. Wearied with labor of body or mind; tired of work, tired out by importunities; jaded by incessant attention to business.
Jade intransitive verb
  1. To become weary; to lose spirit.
    They . . . fail, and jade, and tire in the prosecution. South.

Webster 1913

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