One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A hard, typically green stone used for ornaments and implements and consisting of the minerals jadeite or nephrite.
weaken, make weak, make feeble, enfeeble, debilitate, enervate, sap, drain, tax, overtax, wash out, overtire, exhaust, weary, tire, tire out, fatigue, jade, wear out, prostrate, undermine, impair, render infirm, indispose, incapacitate, cripple, disable, paralyse, immobilize, lay low, put out of actionView synonyms
- ‘Of the two kinds of jade, jadeite and nephrite, the former is harder than the latter and cannot be scratched with a penknife blade.’
- ‘Until recently few people considered Wyoming to have potential for gemstones other than nephrite jade.’
- ‘Ancient amber, jade and other precious stones are lovingly re-created in polymer clay, as well as newer, space-age materials, such as niobium.’
- ‘As Hunter looked up at the ceiling, he saw that the it was covered by a single piece of a black jade, mixed with the gems, sparkling like stars in the night sky.’
- ‘Another often used precious stone was jade, which because of its color often represented the corn plant in the Mayan culture.’
- 1.1 An ornament made of jade.
exhaust, drain, enervate, tire, fatigue, wear out, weary, debilitate, jadeView synonyms
- ‘ADMIRERS of ancient Chinese jades have frequently noted the curious white, chalky areas which invade the otherwise firm polished surfaces of many artefacts.’
- ‘There are some 1,000 relics of dazzling artistic and cultural value - bronzes and gold implements, jades, pottery, cowrie shell and elephant tusks, sacrificial objects, weapons and beads.’
- ‘Our examination of this ornament and several other jades has provided evidence for the use of rotary tools during the Ming and Qing dynasties.’
- 1.2 A light bluish-green.as modifier ‘a baggy jade T-shirt’
- ‘The actress's eyes flash jade-green, and she blushes rosy-pink.’
- ‘She was absolutely gorgeous, with long legs, flowing brown hair, and jade-green eyes.’
- ‘He had a mushroom-cut of jade-green hair, sky blue eyes, a tan skin tone, and some strong muscles.’
- ‘She was a collection of pleasing colors, with her honey - smooth tan, jade-green eyes, and the silky blonde hair with its red and gold and even some brownish lights.’
- ‘His eyes were a sweet shade in between jade green and light hazel that Rebecca had once admitted to being jealous of, and he hadn't let her live it down since.’
Late 16th century: from French le jade (earlier l'ejade), from Spanish piedra de ijada ‘stone of the flank’ (i.e. stone for colic, which it was believed to cure).
1A bad-tempered or disreputable woman.shrew, curmudgeon, discontent, complainer, grumbler, moaner, fault-finder, carperView synonyms
2An inferior or worn-out horse.
- ‘He got the armor and also an old jade of a horse, which limped on three legs, dragging the fourth after it.’
- ‘Lie down shamelessly, Old horse who stumbles over every rut. Resign yourself, my heart; sleep your brutish sleep. Conquered, foundered spirit! For you, old jade, Love has no more relish, no more than war.’
Late Middle English: of unknown origin.
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