\ ˈshəv How to pronounce shove (audio) \
shoved; shoving

Definition of shove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
2a : to move something by exerting force
b : leave usually used with off shoved off for home



Definition of shove (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of shoving : a forcible push

Other Words from shove


shover noun

Synonyms for shove

Synonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When Southern Section push comes to shove, the fate of the Sailors rests squarely on Stafford’s shoulders. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2022 If your kid is afraid, do not shove them toward the characters. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 16 July 2022 As in every country where McDonald’s opens restaurants, the chain didn’t just shove its Western offerings down Russia’s gullet. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2022 Let Insulation Breathe Do not shove your down or synthetic puffy into the back of the closet, and then smoosh it back there with all your other clothes. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 28 Feb. 2017 When push comes to shove, animals often weigh their options, says Karen Warkentin, an ecologist at Boston University who studies frogs. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 7 July 2022 The truth, when push comes to shove, is what Teddy was really lacking was love, real human interaction. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 17 June 2022 In the video, Sweetin is seen standing on an embankment on the freeway shouting something through her megaphone towards the protesters when LAPD officers grab her and shove her several feet onto the freeway. Li Cohen, CBS News, 27 June 2022 An expletive-laced video shows the man shove Gabriel, who falls on a concrete parking block, and land on top of him. Gregory Yeestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dillon appeared to be on the verge of doing a Lambeau leap into the crowd when the video showed an officer grabbing him by the back of his collar and giving him a shove. Fox News, 25 July 2022 All the grim warnings could provide the final shove. Jim Puzzanghera,, 9 July 2022 Every speech that the governor of Georgia gives is intended as a little shove, to push the former President a little more emphatically into the past. The New Yorker, 24 May 2022 That shot earned a disgusted shove of his club back in the bag. Globe Staff,, 16 June 2022 Anderson was called safe on the play, but the push, Anderson’s subsequent shove in response and the jawing that followed emptied the benches and the bullpens. Mark Inabinett |, al, 26 May 2022 But his victory gives those conservatives who have been on the outside looking in an opportunity to take control, sending the Illinois GOP significantly further rightward, a shove helped by Trump’s presidency. Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune, 29 June 2022 The paint is chipped; the passenger-side front door sticks a little and sometimes needs a special shove. Bill Donahue, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 Donaldson scrapped with Anderson on May 13 in Chicago after making a hard tag, and Anderson responded with a shove, resulting in the benches and bullpens clearing. Larry Fleisher, ajc, 22 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shove


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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\ ˈshəv How to pronounce shove (audio) \
shoved; shoving

Kids Definition of shove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to push with steady force He shoved the box under the table.
2 : to push along or away carelessly or rudely She shoved me out of the way.



Kids Definition of shove (Entry 2 of 2)

: a forceful push

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