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!
by jayteedizzle October 05, 2010
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When someone throws an object, they also throw the object’s shadow, resulting throwing of shade.
The pitcher was throwing shade as well as the ball.
by Billy Yeats July 18, 2018
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An incredibly high level of sass, often resulting in a changed facial expression; pinched lips, furrowed eyebrows, and critical glaring.
Whenever she speaks, I just can''t stop throwing shade at her, man!
by gryzzle January 15, 2015
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To be a passive agressive, spineless prick toward someone. i.e. farting in someone's general direction.
"Gus is totes jelly of Jacob because he gets all the chicks so Gus is always throwing shade at Jacob. "
by Fundirlo lips November 11, 2017
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A form of bitching about someone in a way that leaves the throwee oblivious to who you're shading about. For example: "I have the friend, and we're like, really good friends, but she is such an attention whore!"
I just new Layla was throwing shade about me.
I really want to throw shade about Jack, but I don't know how.
by Just stop December 22, 2015
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spreading gossis/ rumors or even tell a truth that hurts someone's imago is called throwing shade.
Kelly is throwing shade at Kristy by exposing her for what she did.
by OpheliaBooks August 01, 2017
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