Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two distinct minerals, nephrite and jadeite, that are generally pale green or white and are used mainly as gemstones or in carving.
  • n. A carving made of jade.
  • n. Jade green.
  • transitive v. To wear out, as by overuse or overindulgence. See Synonyms at tire1.
  • intransitive v. To become weary or spiritless.
  • n. A broken-down or useless horse; a nag.
  • n. A woman regarded as disreputable or shrewish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A semiprecious stone either nephrite or jadeite, generally green or white in color, often used for carving figurines.
  • n. A grayish shade of green, typical of jade stones.
  • adj. Of a grayish shade of green, typical of jade stones.
  • n. A horse too old to be put to work.
  • n. A woman, especially in contempt.
  • v. To tire, weary or fatigue

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A color resembling that of jade{1}; it varies from yellowish-green to bluish-green.
  • n. A mean or tired horse; a worthless nag.
  • n. A disreputable or vicious woman; a wench; a quean; also, sometimes, a worthless man.
  • n. A young woman; -- generally so called in irony or slight contempt.
  • transitive v. To treat like a jade; to spurn.
  • transitive v. To make ridiculous and contemptible.
  • transitive v. To exhaust by overdriving or long-continued labor of any kind; to tire, make dull, or wear out by severe or tedious tasks; to harass.
  • intransitive v. To become weary; to lose spirit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mare, especially an old mare; any old or worn-out horse; a mean or sorry nag.
  • n. Hence A mean or worthless person, originally applied to either sex, but now only to a woman; a wench; a hussy; a quean: used opprobriously.
  • n. A young woman: used in irony or playfully.
  • To treat as a jade; kick or spurn.
  • To reduce to the condition of a jade; tire out; ride or drive without sparing; overdrive: as, to jade a horse.
  • To weary or fatigue, in general.
  • Synonyms and Weary, Fatigue, etc. See tire, transitive verb
  • To become weary; fail; give out.
  • n. A tough compact stone, varying from nearly white to pale or dark green in color, much used in prehistoric times for weapons and utensils, and highly prized, especially in the East, for ornamental Carvings.
  • To make a fool of; scorn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a light green color varying from bluish green to yellowish green
  • v. lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
  • adj. of something having the color of jade; especially varying from bluish green to yellowish green
  • v. exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
  • n. a woman adulterer
  • n. an old or over-worked horse
  • n. a semiprecious gemstone that takes a high polish; is usually green but sometimes whitish; consists of jadeite or nephrite

Etymologies

French (le) jade, (the) jade, alteration of (l')ejade, from Spanish (piedra de) ijada, flank (stone) (from the belief that it cured renal colic), from Vulgar Latin *īliāta, from Latin īlia, pl. of īlium, flank.
From Middle English iade, cart-horse, nag; akin to Swedish dialectal jälda, mare, possibly of Finno-Ugric origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French le jade, error for earlier l'ejade ("jade"), from Spanish piedra de ijada ("flank stone"), from Latin ilia ("flank") (Jade was thought to cure pains in the side.). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, perhaps from Old Norse jalda ("mare"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Cursed, cursed toad, devil, jade, passed from each mouth...

    Lovelace to Belford, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 20, 2007

  • Also a loose woman.

    December 20, 2007