shovel

[shuhv-uh l]

noun

verb (used with object), shov·eled, shov·el·ing or (especially British) shov·elled, shov·el·ling.

verb (used without object), shov·eled, shov·el·ing or (especially British) shov·elled, shov·el·ling.

to work with a shovel.

Nearby words

  1. shouty,
  2. shove,
  3. shove off,
  4. shove-ha'penny,
  5. shove-halfpenny,
  6. shovel beak,
  7. shovel hat,
  8. shovel-nosed,
  9. shovelboard,
  10. shoveler

Origin of shovel

before 900; Middle English schovel, Old English scofl; cognate with Dutch schoffel hoe; akin to German Schaufel shovel

Related formsun·shov·eled, adjectiveun·shov·elled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for shovel

shovel

noun

an instrument for lifting or scooping loose material, such as earth, coal, etc, consisting of a curved blade or a scoop attached to a handle
any machine or part resembling a shovel in action
Also called: shovelful the amount that can be contained in a shovel
short for shovel hat

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

to lift (earth, etc) with a shovel
(tr) to clear or dig (a path) with or as if with a shovel
(tr) to gather, load, or unload in a hurried or careless wayhe shovelled the food into his mouth and rushed away
Derived Formsshoveller or US shoveler, noun

Word Origin for shovel

Old English scofl; related to Old High German scūfla shovel, Dutch schoffel hoe; see shove

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