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.
- shove off,
- shovel beak,
- shovel hat,
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'|Marilyn Johnson|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He grabbed a shovel and started identifying mysterious birdcalls, naming previously unknown plants and trees.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Nina Strochlic|May 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Mark McKinnon|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had before placed a pick and shovel, an axe, a couple of boards and some cords in the boat.Work and Win|Oliver Optic
It is contrary to good breeding to shovel one's food into the mouth with a knife.Science in the Kitchen.|Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
The funeral was over, the last word of the service spoken, the first shovel of earth flung rattling on to the coffin.Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles|Mrs. Henry Wood
Mrs Maggot observed that they were also armed with a pick and shovel.Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines|R.M. Ballantyne
Then he went out, and he got his cart, and he put his shovel and his hoe in it, and he called his cat; but no cat came.The Doers|William John Hopkins
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin 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.