- the end surface or surfaces of a piece from which a tenon or tenons project.
- an inclined and raised surface, as on a joggle post, for receiving and supporting the foot of a strut or the like.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to place a rifle muzzle upward on the right or left shoulder, with the buttstock in the corresponding hand.
- the command to shoulder arms.
Origin of shoulder
Synonyms for shoulder
Related Words for shoulderassume, accept, carry, bear, nudge, shove, press, elbow, thrust, bulldoze, hustle
Examples from the Web for shoulder
Contemporary Examples of shoulder
So I just patted him kind-like on the shoulder and sat down.
But Liberty is always dipping his shoulder, whirling around.
“I only touched his shoulder,” the pastor told sheriffs, according to the police report.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
Her mother, pregnant at the time of the killing, was hit in the shoulder by a bullet from the same gun that killed her son.Drawing on the Memories of Syrian Women
November 26, 2014
According to Ibrahim, the police officers grabbed him by the shoulder and struck him in the face.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge
November 25, 2014
Historical Examples of shoulder
His arm was about her waist, and hers rested on his shoulder.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He looked over her shoulder again, and saw that Shepler was waiting for her.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He accordingly approached our hero, and tapped him on the shoulder.Brave and Bold
He lifted Dennet on his shoulder, and bade her wave her parchment.
“Thou art a good-hearted lad,” said the alderman with a hand on his shoulder.
- to treat someone in a cold manner; snub
- to ignore or shun someone
- side by side or close together
- in a corporate effort
Word Origin for shoulder
Old English sculdor "shoulder," from West Germanic *skuldro (cf. Middle Dutch scouder, Dutch schouder, Old Frisian skoldere, Middle Low German scholder, Old High German scultra, German Schulter), of unknown origin, perhaps related to shield (n.). Meaning "edge of the road" is attested from 1933. Cold shoulder (Neh. ix:29) translates Latin humerum recedentum dare in Vulgate (but see cold shoulder). Shoulder-length, of hair, is from 1951.
c.1300, "to push with the shoulder," from shoulder (n.). Meaning "take a burden" first recorded 1580s. The military sense is from 1590s. Related: Shouldered; shouldering.
In addition to the idiom beginning with shoulder
- shoulder to shoulder
- broad shoulders
- chip on one's shoulder
- cold shoulder
- cry on someone's shoulder
- good head on one's shoulders
- head and shoulders above
- on one's shoulders
- put one's shoulder to the wheel
- rub elbows (shoulders) with
- shrug one's shoulders
- square one's shoulders
- straight from the shoulder
- weight of the world on one's shoulders