One of the nicknames given to the job of mortarman in the U.S. military, in reference to the fact that mortarmen are not necessarily on the direct front lines. It is under the belief that a mortar team sits in the "rear" waiting for a fire mission to send rounds down range, while playing the card game "spades", a game that can be very long, and easy to pick up if interrupted.
PFC Schmuckatelli may be a dumb machine gunner, but at least he ain't a lazy spade
by skafiend167 August 04, 2009
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A derogatory term for an African American, more commonly used in the post-Civil War era than today.
No you can't sit with me, you damn spade.
by tvh2k December 11, 2002
A offensive nickname for a african american
''oi you fuckin spade why grassin on me!''
by sweet jesus July 21, 2006
Another name for a small shovel.
The man used the spade to dig the grave that he would put his next victim in.
by All_Knowing September 14, 2005
A mildly derogative word for a black male.
"This spade just waltzes between us and starts beakin off about my jacket."
"Some spade just got his ass kicked outside."
"Somebody get this spade a drink!"
by Andrew Hutton October 30, 2007
African Americans
"There sure are a lot of Spades in here"

Synonyms: Spooks, Coons, Porch Monkeys, Sambos, niggers, African Americans
by ironmaidenace414 August 19, 2009
A sturdy digging tool having a thick handle and a heavy, flat blade that can be pressed into the ground with the foot, that is usually called by its proper term
"I call a spade a 'spade'"
by Andy Tiger May 25, 2005
lots of
"he's got sex appeal in spades"
by KerrAvon October 10, 2003

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