verb \ˈshəv\

: to push (something) with force

: to push (someone or something) along or away in a rough or careless way


Full Definition of SHOVE

transitive verb
:  to push along
:  to push or put in a rough, careless, or hasty manner :  thrust
:  to force by other than physical means :  compel <shove a bill through the legislature>
intransitive verb
:  to move by forcing a way <bargain hunters shoving up to the counter>
a :  to move something by exerting force
b :  leave —usually used with off <shoved off for home>
shov·er noun

Examples of SHOVE

  1. He shoved the door until it finally opened.
  2. A large man shoved me out of the way.
  3. She shoved her plate aside.
  4. He shoved me into the pool.
  5. A group of security guards shoved through the crowd.
  6. The children were pushing and shoving to see the clowns.

Origin of SHOVE

Middle English, from Old English scūfan to thrust away; akin to Old High German scioban to push and probably to Lithuanian skubti to hurry
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with SHOVE



: a strong, forceful push

Full Definition of SHOVE

:  an act or instance of shoving :  a forcible push

Examples of SHOVE

  1. He gave the door a shove, and it opened.

First Known Use of SHOVE

14th century


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