- a worn-out, broken-down, worthless, or vicious horse.
- a disreputable or ill-tempered woman.
- to make or become dull, worn-out, or weary, as from overwork or overuse.
Origin of jade2
Examples from the Web for jading
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
- 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
- (as modifier)jade ornaments
- the green colour of jade
- (as modifier)a jade skirt
- an old overworked horse; nag; hack
- derogatory, or facetious a woman considered to be ill-tempered or disreputable
- to exhaust or make exhausted from work or use
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.
- 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.