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[shuhv-uh l-foo l] /ˈʃʌv əlˌfʊl/
noun, plural shovelfuls.
the amount held by a shovel.
Origin of shovelful
First recorded in 1525-35; shovel + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • One of the peasants was throwing the first shovelful of earth into the cavity.

  • "The wind was driving the snow in upon us by the shovelful," he explained.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The sweat was rolling off him, and I was damnin' him with every shovelful.

    "Run To Seed" Thomas Nelson Page
  • "It was like a shovelful of burning coals inside me," he asserted.

  • Half a shovelful of this he placed in a tin dish, which he half-filled with water.

  • It did not make available for the cold season so much as a shovelful of coal.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • It will be the removal of a shovelful of gravel from a large pile.

    The Lonely Unicorn Alec Waugh
  • When I left he did not look as if he could lift a shovelful of sand.

  • Their money is paying for every shovelful of dirt we move, and every inch of levee-work.

    The Hallowell Partnership Katharine Holland Brown
  • Jimmie marched with his shovelful of turnips to one of the furnaces.

    Whilomville Stories

    Stephen Crane
Word Origin and History for shovelful

1530s, from shovel (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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