verb (used with object), shoved, shov·ing.
verb (used without object), shoved, shov·ing.
- to push a boat from the shore.
- Informal.to go away; depart: I think I'll be shoving off now.
Origin of shove1
Origin of shove2
Related Words for shovepoke, nudge, dig, elbow, thrust, cram, jab, hustle, shoulder, jam, bulldoze, crowd, propel, buck, drive, impel, jostle, press, prod, boost
Examples from the Web for shove
Contemporary Examples of shove
The four of them move to the boat, right it, balance the mattress across its bow and shove it towards the water.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
The era of singers telling loser boyfriends to shove off and demanding more from men was over.Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl: The Halcyon '90s and Feminism's Resurgence in Pop Music
August 26, 2014
When push comes to shove, the pressure of staving off Ghana, Portugal, and Germany fell on Howard.Team USA Lost, but Tim Howard Is a Winner
July 1, 2014
He tries to shove his relationship with Amia into a box and that box explodes in his face.Louie’s Elevator Romance: Can Love Exist Without Sex?
May 30, 2014
This is power politics, I knew, and push would eventually and inevitably come to shove.Republicans for More Fat Kids
May 28, 2014
Historical Examples of shove
He then told me to shove off, which I did without waiting for a second order.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
With one shove the zinc-worker made his way through the crowd.L'Assommoir
For a while, it was kick backwards, then a shove at the safe.The Einstein See-Saw
Miles John Breuer
Well, shove in quinine, and keep him quiet, with hot bottles to his feet.The Burning Spear
Edward tumbled into the bottom of the boat, gasping, "Shove her off!"The Golden Age
Word Origin for shove
Old English scufan "push away, thrust, push with violence" (class II strong verb; past tense sceaf, past participle scoven), from Proto-Germanic *skeub-, *skub- (cf. Old Norse skufa, Old Frisian skuva, Dutch schuiven, Old High German scioban, German schieben "to push, thrust," Gothic af-skiuban), from PIE root *skeubh- "to shove" (cf. scuffle, shuffle, shovel; likely cognates outside Germanic include Lithuanian skubti "to make haste," skubinti "to hasten"). Related: Shoved; shoving.
Replaced by push in all but colloquial and nautical usage. Shove off "leave" (1844) is from boating. Shove the queer (1859) was an old expression for "to counterfeit money." Shove it had an earlier sense of "depart" before it became a rude synonym for stick it (by 1941) with implied destination.
c.1300; see shove (v.).
see push comes to shove; push (shove) off; ram (shove) down someone's throat; stick (shove) it.