shovel

[ shuhv-uhl ]
/ ˈʃʌv əl /
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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.

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Origin of shovel

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

OTHER WORDS FROM shovel

un·shov·eled, adjectiveun·shov·elled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shovel

shovel
/ (ˈʃʌvəl) /

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

Derived forms of shovel

shoveller 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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