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  1. a worn-out, broken-down, worthless, or vicious horse.
  2. a disreputable or ill-tempered woman.
verb (used with or without object), jad·ed, jad·ing.
  1. to make or become dull, worn-out, or weary, as from overwork or overuse.

Origin of jade2

1350–1400; Middle English; of obscure origin
Related formsjad·ish, adjectivejad·ish·ly, adverbjad·ish·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • To adapt a Baconian phrase, the weather is the one subject that you cannot dull by jading it too far.

    Essays in Rebellion

    Henry W. Nevinson

British Dictionary definitions for jading


    1. a semiprecious stone consisting of either jadeite or nephrite. It varies in colour from white to green and is used for making ornaments and jewellery
    2. (as modifier)jade ornaments
    1. the green colour of jade
    2. (as modifier)a jade skirt
Derived Formsjadelike, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Italian giada, from obsolete Spanish piedra de ijada colic stone (literally: stone of the flank, because it was believed to cure renal colic); ijada, from Vulgar Latin īliata (unattested) flanks, from Latin īlia, plural of īlium; see ileum


  1. an old overworked horse; nag; hack
  2. derogatory, or facetious a woman considered to be ill-tempered or disreputable
  1. to exhaust or make exhausted from work or use
Derived Formsjadish, adjectivejadishly, adverbjadishness, noun

Word Origin

C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jading



ornamental stone, 1721, earlier iada (1590s), from French le jade, error for earlier l'ejade, from Spanish piedra de (la) ijada (1560s), "stone of colic, pain in the side" (jade was thought to cure this), from Vulgar Latin *iliata, from Latin ilia (plural) "flanks, kidney area" (see ileum).



"worn-out horse," late 14c., "cart horse," of uncertain origin. Barnhart suggests a variant of yaid, yald "whore," literally "mare," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse jalda "mare," from Finno-Ugric (cf. Mordvin al'd'a "mare"). But OED finds the assumption of a Scandinavian connection "without reason." As a term of abuse for a woman, it dates from 1550s.



"to weary, tire out, make dull," c.1600, from jade (n.2). Related: Jaded; jading.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

jading in Science


  1. A hard gemstone that is pale green or white and consists either of the mineral jadeite (a pyroxene) or the mineral nephrite (an amphibole). It usually forms within metamorphic rocks.
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