how to pronounce spade


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the above transcription of spade is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

spade is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of spade in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… the chemist passes you a spade and …”

meanings of spade


  1. A hart or stag three years old.
  2. A cutting instrument used in flensing a whale.
  3. 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.
  4. A castrated man or animal.
  5. A black person.
  6. A playing card marked with the symbol ♠.


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


  1. A surname​.

spade frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word spade occurs in english on average 3.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics spade can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that spade can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

words with pronunciation similar to spade


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