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Idioms about shade

    cast / put someone in / into the shade, to make another person's efforts seem insignificant by comparison; surpass: Her playing puts mine in the shade.
    throw shade, Slang. to insult, criticize, or disrespect a person or thing in an indirect, artful manner:He threw some shade at his former boss.

Origin of shade

before 900; 1960–65 for def. 29; (noun) Middle English s(c)hade,Old English sceadu (see shadow); cognate with German Schatten,Gothic skadus,Greek skótos; (v.) Middle English schaden, derivative of the noun

synonym study for shade

1. Shade, shadow imply partial darkness or something less bright than the surroundings. Shade indicates the lesser brightness and heat of an area where the direct rays of light do not fall: the shade of a tree. It differs from shadow in that it implies no particular form or definite limit, whereas shadow often refers to the form or outline of the object that intercepts the light: the shadow of a dog. 15. See curtain.

regional variations of shade

3. See window shade.



color, hue, shade , tint
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What is a basic definition of shade?

Shade is darkness created from something blocking light or a lighter or darker variation of a color. Shade also means to block light. The word shade has several other senses as a verb and a noun.

When something creates a shadow by blocking light, we say that it provides shade or causes shade. Usually, shade specifically refers to darkness caused by blocking sunlight, but it can result from light of any kind being blocked. If something gives shade or has a lot of shade, we say that it is shady.

  • Real-life examples: Trees, umbrellas, and awnings are examples of things that often provide shade.
  • Used in a sentence: I hid from the hot sun under the shade of the oak tree. 

Shade also refers to a lighter or darker variation of color. You might like a dark blue, while your friend prefers a lighter shade of blue. The darker shade a color is, the more black it has in it. In contrast, a tint of a color is created when more white is added to it.

  • Used in a sentence: I prefer the darker shade of green leaves become in the summer.

Shade also means to provide shadow or to shield something from light.

  • Used in a sentence: I shaded my eyes from the bright lights.

The slang phrase to throw shade at someone means to insult or criticize them in an artful but indirect way.

  • Used in a sentence: Isabella was so good at throwing shade that her targets often thought she was complimenting them.

Where does shade come from?

The first records of shade come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English sceadu, meaning “shadow.”

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What are some other forms related to shade?

  • shady (adjective)
  • shadeless (adjective)
  • shadelessness (noun)
  • intershade (verb)
  • semishade (noun)
  • unshade (verb)

What are some synonyms for shade?

What are some words that share a root or word element with shade

What are some words that often get used in discussing shade?

What are some words shade may be commonly confused with?

How is shade used in real life?

Shade is a common word that most often means shadow or darkness caused by something blocking light.

Try using shade!

Which of the following words is most likely to be used to describe shade?

A. silence
B. darkness
C. tasteless
D. odorless

How to use shade in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shade

/ (ʃeɪd) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of shade

shadeless, adjective

Word Origin for shade

Old English sceadu; related to Gothic skadus, Old High German skato, Old Irish scāth shadow, Greek skotos darkness, Swedish skäddä fog
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