A racial slur, coined by racial anthropologist Dr. Andrew H. Eberle after his time at Yale, when upon auditioning for a predominately African American acapella group of the name Shades, did not give him a call back. The term was created on the spot out of Dr. Eberle's frustration, and came to be used to refer to any member of the African American race.
Look at those shades posted up on the corner
by K. Vu September 29, 2007
acting in a casual or disrespectful manner towards someone/dissing a friend
throwing shade, acting kinda shady
by Anonymous April 01, 2003
Sun glasses but it sounds cooler.
Person 1; Nice shades
Person 2; Damm straight
by cartman5000 August 06, 2004
Can be used as a noun or verb.

Noun form = illegitimate behavior

Verb form = typically accompanied with the word "throw" or "throwing," as in to "throw someone shade" meaning to act shady, fake, or funny around or towards them.
Person 1: They went to the club and ain't even invite us!
Person 2: Shade!

OR

My man been throwing me shade because I haven't been around as much.
by Jess639 January 02, 2013
sunglasses (always used in the plural)
They had rather tacky looking shades on the shelf.
by The Return of Light Joker May 20, 2011
Insulting name for police in Limerick, Ireland
I committed a crime so I had to hide from the shades
by gaz January 05, 2005
A Limerick word for the Gardai
boys theres Da Shades
by Shannonsider October 17, 2006
Sunglasses, a tanned set of glass (or plastic) sheets, fitted in a structure that rests on your ears and nose, shielding your eyes from bright light.
Often worn by people in summer times.
"That guy has a nice set of shades"
by Ruben "H Hog" van Ophuizen March 24, 2003

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