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Shade

noun; verb; other word formation type widening, metonymy
to subtly insult and disrespect someone or something typically through shame or the highlighting of a shortcoming; to be shady. Typically used among members of the gay community.
 
When used as a noun, the verb "throwing" often accompanies it. A possible widening from "shade," meaning "to screen from direct sunlight" to a context that essentially is screening from direct insult.
Etymology : Originally from "shade" derived from Middle English schade, Kentish ssed, from late Old English scead "partial darkness; shelter, protection," also partly from sceadu "shade, shadow, darkness; shady place, arbor, protection from glare or heat." And "shady" meaning "disreputable" (1862) probably is from earlier university slang sense of "of questionable merit, unreliable" (1848).
Source : "The ultimate shade of it all" (RuPaul's Drag Race, 2013)
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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