jading


jading

noun

  1. a worn-out, broken-down, worthless, or vicious horse.
  2. a disreputable or ill-tempered woman.

verb (used with or without object), jad·ed, jad·ing.

  1. to make or become dull, worn-out, or weary, as from overwork or overuse.

noun

    1. a semiprecious stone consisting of either jadeite or nephrite. It varies in colour from white to green and is used for making ornaments and jewellery
    2. (as modifier)jade ornaments
    1. the green colour of jade
    2. (as modifier)a jade skirt

noun

  1. an old overworked horse; nag; hack
  2. derogatory, or facetious a woman considered to be ill-tempered or disreputable

verb

  1. to exhaust or make exhausted from work or use
n.1

ornamental stone, 1721, earlier iada (1590s), from French le jade, error for earlier l’ejade, from Spanish piedra de (la) ijada (1560s), “stone of colic, pain in the side” (jade was thought to cure this), from Vulgar Latin *iliata, from Latin ilia (plural) “flanks, kidney area” (see ileum).

n.2

“worn-out horse,” late 14c., “cart horse,” of uncertain origin. Barnhart suggests a variant of yaid, yald “whore,” literally “mare,” from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse jalda “mare,” from Finno-Ugric (cf. Mordvin al’d’a “mare”). But OED finds the assumption of a Scandinavian connection “without reason.” As a term of abuse for a woman, it dates from 1550s.

v.

“to weary, tire out, make dull,” c.1600, from jade (n.2). Related: Jaded; jading.

  1. A hard gemstone that is pale green or white and consists either of the mineral jadeite (a pyroxene) or the mineral nephrite (an amphibole). It usually forms within metamorphic rocks.

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