[shuhv-uh-ler, shuhv-ler]
  1. a person or thing that shovels.
  2. Ornithology.
    1. a freshwater duck of the Northern Hemisphere, Anas clypeata, having a broad, flat bill.
    2. any of several related, similar ducks.
Also especially British, shov·el·ler.

Origin of shoveler

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at shovel, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shoveler

Historical Examples of shoveler

  • Shoveler are so numerous that we have known over eighty bagged by one gun in a day.

    Unexplored Spain

    Abel Chapman

  • It takes its name from its peculiar bill, and may be termed the Shoveler of Australia.

  • I have hesitated a long while between the whistling duck, the duck with white eyebrows, and the shoveler duck (anas clypeata).

    The Magic Skin

    Honore de Balzac

  • Stay, that is the shoveler—that fat, brownish black rascal, with the greenish neck and that coquettish iridescence on it.

    The Magic Skin

    Honore de Balzac

  • The Shoveler is also present, if in much smaller numbers, and hides its very similar nest in much the same sort of places.

British Dictionary definitions for shoveler


  1. a duck, Anas (or Spatula) clypeata, of ponds and marshes, having a spoon-shaped bill, a blue patch on each wing, and in the male a green head, white breast, and reddish-brown body
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