[ shohl-der ]
/ ˈʃoʊl dər /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to push with or as if with the shoulder: to shoulder through a crowd.

Nearby words

  1. shotwell,
  2. shotwell, james thomson,
  3. should,
  4. should have stood in bed, i,
  5. shoulda,
  6. shoulder bag,
  7. shoulder blade,
  8. shoulder board,
  9. shoulder girdle,
  10. shoulder harness


Origin of shoulder

before 900; (noun) Middle English sholder, s(c)hulder, Old English sculdor; cognate with Dutch schouder, German Schulter; (v.) Middle English shulderen, derivative of the noun

Related formsout·shoul·der, verb (used with object)re·shoul·der, verb (used with object)un·shoul·dered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shoulder

British Dictionary definitions for shoulder


/ (ˈʃəʊldə) /



Word Origin for shoulder

Old English sculdor; related to Old High German sculterra

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Word Origin and History for shoulder
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for shoulder


[ shōldər ]


The joint connecting the arm with the torso.
The part of the human body between the neck and upper arm.

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Idioms and Phrases with shoulder


In addition to the idiom beginning with shoulder

  • shoulder to shoulder

also see:

  • 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
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