Picking out one's flaws in a derogatory manner. Also called reading. Used extensively in the gay community and especially in drag queen culture.
-Girl, you call yourself legendary! More like leg and dairy!
-Bitch, why you throwing shade?
-Was your barbeque canceled? Because your grill is fucked up!
-You throwing beaucoup shade!
-Jessica, those clothes look like a donkey fucked a piñata and threw up!
-Is the library closed yet? Because I'm tired of you throwing shade!
Throwing Shade, is to throw "attitude."
I was all up in the club "Throwing Shade" last night.
I saw the bitch in the club last night, and she threw me shade. (OR) I saw the bitch, and threw her shade.
That bitch is throwin shade `cause she's ugly as fuck!!
If I were butt fucking ugly, I would throw shade too!
"Bitch" can be either be a biological female OR a gay male
Throwing Shade is typically a term gay men use.
To insult or judge someone discreetly or indirectly.
"I don't rely on tits to have hits." - Adele
This could be interpreted as "throwing shade" at Katy Perry.