shove

1 of 2

verb

shoved; shoving

transitive verb

1
: to push along
2
: to push or put in a rough, careless, or hasty manner : thrust
3
: to force by other than physical means : compel
shove a bill through the legislature

intransitive verb

1
: to move by forcing a way
bargain hunters shoving up to the counter
2
a
: to move something by exerting force
b
: leave
usually used with off
shoved off for home
shover noun

shove

2 of 2

noun

: an act or instance of shoving : a forcible push

Examples of shove in a Sentence

Verb He shoved the door until it finally opened. A large man shoved me out of the way. She shoved her plate aside. He shoved me into the pool. A group of security guards shoved through the crowd. The children were pushing and shoving to see the clowns. Noun He gave the door a shove, and it opened.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
McDonald claimed that an umbrella from Swift's security was shoved in his face to prevent photographs from being taken while the group was heading down the jetty into a vehicle. Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 Jenkins said one of the deputies shoved a gun in his mouth and fired the weapon. USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024 Random shoving attacks on the city's subway platforms have left people killed or severely injured by oncoming trains, and last week an ex-con was accused of ditching his ankle monitor before shoving his ex into a moving train in Manhattan during an argument. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 15 Mar. 2024 The spa is big, open and airy (not shoved down in the basement). Christopher Cameron, Robb Report, 12 Mar. 2024 The proposal zipped through both chambers before the halfway point despite criticism that it was shoved through to prevent public outcry. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Mar. 2024 Related article Caitlin Clark makes more history, surpassing Steph Curry’s three-point record As Johnson was walking away, she was shoved to the floor by Cardoso, leading players from both benches to intervene and engage in pushing and shoving. Homero De La Fuente, CNN, 11 Mar. 2024 Silverstein, with a salt-and-pepper beard and wearing a hoodie, stood apart from the action, with both hands shoved inside his pockets. André Wheeler, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 After Santi Aldama skied for an offensive rebound and scored inside over Draymond Green, the Warriors center shoved him in the chest. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024
Noun
Or that he would be forced to fight for them in the face of violent threats and a hard shove outside the Capitol. Cathie Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 6 Mar. 2024 Gobert had four blocks for the Wolves and took a two-handed shove to the neck from Terrance Mann after the Clippers guard reacted to a high screen in the third quarter. Dave Campbell, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2024 Following the agent’s shove, Young is seen backing away from the confrontation with his hands up while his associates and a handful of other patrons surround the agents. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 24 Jan. 2024 Soon after, Peyton Watson took a shove from Ausar Thompson while running down the floor and fell to the floor. Pat Graham, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2024 But Reid is looking back at Kelce’s Super Bowl sideline shove as a product of the drive that led them to victory. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2024 In a game where each dribble, shot and action was met with a wall of arms used for shoves, grabs and slaps, Knapp and the Wolves showed championship-level toughness in the 46-39 victory over host Carondelet to claim sole possession of first place in the East Bay Athletic League. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 The up and down drafts of these currents push against the wings of planes, and if the shoves are strong and sudden, drinks start sloshing. Katherine Wright, Scientific American, 1 July 2023 Advertisement James then gave the man a hard shove to the chest. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shove was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shove. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

shove

1 of 2 verb
shoved; shoving
1
: to push with steady force
2
: to push along or away carelessly or rudely
shoved her out of the way
3
: depart sense 1
usually used with off
time to shove off for home
shover noun

shove

2 of 2 noun
: an act or instance of shoving

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