Definition of throw shade in US English:

throw shade


  • Publicly criticize or express contempt for someone.

    ‘if she was really so above it all, she wouldn't have to throw shade’
    ‘they weren't the only people who threw shade at her performance’
    • ‘Throw shade on her and it just bounces off back onto you with karmic precision.’
    • ‘She has a lot of nerve, throwing shade at the nation's most beloved feminist actresses.’
    • ‘Fight fans have gotten used to fighters' throwing shade at one another in the lead-up to their scraps, and the trash talk generally follows the same formula.’
    • ‘It has always struck me as funny when people throw shade at entertainers because they have money and can afford things that others can't.’
    • ‘She threw shade at everyone from Oscar Wilde to the entire English upper class.’
    • ‘His publicist has since clarified the quotes, insisting the actor wasn't trying to throw shade at the 39-year-old star.’
    • ‘She also knows how to throw shade in the classiest of ways!’
    • ‘He recently threw shade at his ex and questioned whether she's fit to be a mom.’
    • ‘In addition to being good performers and entertainers, drag queens have to be funny, and throwing shade is a huge part of that.’