Meaning of throw shade in English:

throw shade


informal US
  • Publicly criticize or express contempt for someone.

    • ‘if she was really so above it all, she wouldn't have to throw shade’
    • ‘they weren't the only people who threw shade at her performance’
    • ‘His publicist has since clarified the quotes, insisting the actor wasn't trying to throw shade at the 39-year-old star.’
    • ‘She also knows how to throw shade in the classiest of ways!’
    • ‘It has always struck me as funny when people throw shade at entertainers because they have money and can afford things that others can't.’
    • ‘In addition to being good performers and entertainers, drag queens have to be funny, and throwing shade is a huge part of that.’
    • ‘She has a lot of nerve, throwing shade at the nation's most beloved feminist actresses.’
    • ‘Fight fans have gotten used to fighters' throwing shade at one another in the lead-up to their scraps, and the trash talk generally follows the same formula.’
    • ‘Throw shade on her and it just bounces off back onto you with karmic precision.’
    • ‘She threw shade at everyone from Oscar Wilde to the entire English upper class.’
    • ‘He recently threw shade at his ex and questioned whether she's fit to be a mom.’