noun \ˈshə-vəl\

: a tool with a long handle that is used for lifting and throwing dirt, sand, snow, etc.

: the part of a machine (such as a backhoe) that picks up and moves dirt, sand, snow, etc.

Full Definition of SHOVEL

a :  a hand implement consisting of a broad scoop or a more or less hollowed out blade with a handle used to lift and throw material
b :  something that resembles a shovel
c :  an excavating machine; especially :  a hydraulic diesel-engine driven power shovel
:  shovelful

Origin of SHOVEL

Middle English, from Old English scofl; akin to Old High German scūfla shovel, Old English scūfan to thrust away
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with SHOVEL



: to lift and throw (dirt, sand, snow, etc.) with a shovel

: to remove snow from (a sidewalk, driveway, etc.) with a shovel

: to create (a path) by removing snow with a shovel

shoveled or shovelledshovel·ing or shovel·ling \ˈshə-və-liŋ, ˈshəv-liŋ\

Full Definition of SHOVEL

transitive verb
:  to take up and throw with a shovel
:  to dig or clean out with a shovel
:  to throw or convey roughly or in a mass as if with a shovel <shoveled his food into his mouth>
intransitive verb
:  to use a shovel

Examples of SHOVEL

  1. He is outside shoveling snow.
  2. I have to shovel the driveway.
  3. I had to shovel for an hour to clear the driveway.
  4. The snow was so deep we had to shovel a path to our front door.
  5. Stop shoveling food into your mouth.

First Known Use of SHOVEL

15th century

Related to SHOVEL

excavate, dig


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