- an implement consisting of a broad blade or scoop attached to a long handle, used for taking up, removing, or throwing loose matter, as earth, snow, or coal.
- any fairly large contrivance or machine with a broad blade or scoop for taking up or removing loose matter: a steam shovel.
- a shovelful.
- Informal. shovel hat.
- to take up and cast or remove with a shovel: to shovel coal.
- to gather up in large quantity roughly or carelessly with or as if with a shovel: He shoveled food into his mouth.
- to dig or clear with or as if with a shovel: to shovel a path through the snow.
- to work with a shovel.
Origin of shovel
Examples from the Web for shovel
Moran also pointed out straight edges where a shovel had sliced into the earth.Knowing Where the Bodies Are Buried: An Excerpt From 'Lives in Ruins'
November 14, 2014
He grabbed a shovel and started identifying mysterious birdcalls, naming previously unknown plants and trees.Uncovering the Secrets of St. Kitts
Debra A. Klein
June 21, 2014
Leaning on the shovel in the pen outside the chicken coop, I was wondering.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
There are also three meditation classes to lead weekly, and lots of snow to shovel in the wintertime.Swiss Town: Have Cave, Want (Social and Outgoing) Hermit
May 9, 2014
Of course Obama has been dealt an historically tough hand, and there is plenty of blame to shovel across the political aisle.Obama’s Speech Was Missing Shared Goals for America’s Future
January 29, 2014
So he set to work with pick and shovel all the rest of that day.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
It was Brother Paul coming up with a spade to shovel away the snow.The Christian
How delicious is flattery, even when thrown down one's throat with a shovel!An Old Sailor's Yarns
In a trembling voice she asked me if I would please find a shovel.
I did not offer to go and fetch up my shovel, which was left down below.Youth
- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for shovel
Old English scofl, sceofol "shovel," related to scufan (see shove (v.)), from Proto-Germanic *skublo (cf. Old Saxon skufla, Swedish skovel, Middle Low German schufle, Middle Dutch shuffel, Dutch schoffel, Old High German scuvala, German Schaufel). Shovel-ready, with reference to construction projects, is attested by 2006.
mid-15c., from shovel (n.). Related: Shoveled; shoveling. Cf. German schaufeln, verb from noun.