[ shuhv-uh-ler, shuhv-ler ]
/ ˈʃʌv ə lər, ˈʃʌv lər /


a person or thing that shovels.
  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. 2020

Examples from the Web for shoveler

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for shoveler

/ (ˈʃʌvələ) /


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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