I hadn't heard this until today, but it is on WR. spade /speɪd/n the black symbol on a playing card resembling a heart-shaped leaf with a stem a card with one or more of these symbols or (when pl) the suit of cards so marked, usually the highest ranking of the four a derogatory word for Black1 in spades ⇒ informal in an extreme or emphatic way Keith Urban said it on American Idol. I don't have the quote, but he was complimenting someone's singing and said something like "You hit that in spades." I have to say I really didn't get it at first. Are AE/BE speakers familiar with this? (He's Australian.) I am also interested in the derivation of the term.