shove

verb
\ 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

shove

noun

Definition of shove (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of shoving : a forcible push

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Other Words from shove

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When push came to shove, however, Riley and Davidson responded. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "Kentucky high school football: Riley, Davidson lead Lloyd past Newport in 2A opener, 20-13," 21 Nov. 2020 The guard is quickly mobbed and dragged by the cuff of her jacket by a trio of white men, who appear to forcefully shove her into the arms of nearby police officers, where chaos ensues. Shannon Larson, BostonGlobe.com, "A Mass. teen reportedly spotted her family at a MAGA event prior to the Capitol riot. She decided to call them out," 13 Jan. 2021 Missouri RB Tyler Badie scored a touchdown on a 54-yard wheel route when a freshman backup missed an assignment. Texas A&M RB Ainias Smith scored a touchdown on a 47-yard catch when Alabama failed to shove him out of bounds. Christopher Smith, al, "Bet on Alabama to shred Kentucky as a big favorite," 16 Nov. 2020 And not Week 8, when Dalvin Cook did the Lambeau Leap and then just sat there with no Cheeseheads around to douse him with beer and shove him back onto the field. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Vikings look to avoid historically bad start at home," 6 Nov. 2020 The Wildcats also rushed for 411 yards against Illinois last week to shove Lovie Smith out the door. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football needs Northwestern quarterback Peyton Ramsey’s best shot in the Big Ten championship game," 18 Dec. 2020 Surveillance video reviewed by prosecutors allegedly shows Lewinski shove the 80-year-old hard enough to knock him to the ground. Washington Post, "An 80-year-old man died after an argument over masks at a New York bar turned violent," 6 Oct. 2020 An officer is seen using two hands to shove one person, then others, followed by a short scrum. Washington Post, "Police deploy pepper spray in confrontation outside cellblock holding people arrested during demonstrations," 16 Dec. 2020 Rob Gronkowski and Vikings linebacker Todd Davis push and shove and hand-fight down the field. Star Tribune, "It took half a quarter vs. Tampa Bay for game to fall apart for Vikings," 13 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Flynn said throughout the investigation, video of the shove remained the primary evidence. Fox News, "Buffalo police officers seen shoving elderly protester have charges dropped," 11 Feb. 2021 As a result, the gun’s recoil is divided into two or three small pushes instead of one larger one, and the sensation is much more like a shove than a punch. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "Gas Vs. Inertia Shotguns—Which is Better?," 25 Jan. 2021 Like all good turbo fours, the engine builds torque quickly and low in the rev range for that authoritative shove at traffic lights. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 BMW 430i xDrive Deserves a Better Chassis," 22 Jan. 2021 Ossai rocketed by the 6-foot-6, 320-pound blocker, shrugged off a shove and hunted down Sanders. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Unrelenting Texas LB Joseph Ossai not slowing down," 2 Nov. 2020 After Morris committed a flagrant 1 foul on Jae'Sean Tate – sending the Rockets forward to the ground – Cousins gave Morris a little shove before going to help Tate up. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Rockets' DeMarcus Cousins, Lakers' Markieff Morris tussle; both end up ejected during game," 11 Jan. 2021 Late in the first half, Dupree gave Burrow an extra shove on the sideline into a bench, and Burrow got up gingerly. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Steven Nelson's 'trash' comment on Dupree's post of Burrow photo arouses Bengals fans' ire," 17 Nov. 2020 Desmond Noel ejected for fighting in the final seconds of the first half with a shove to a Memphis player’s face mask. al, "Memphis tops FAU 25-10 in inaugural Montgomery Bowl," 24 Dec. 2020 So what happened when very little push came to utter lack of shove on football's most critical down? Star Tribune, "Even in Chicago, Vikings should outclass Bears' brutal offense," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of shove

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shove

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

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Time Traveler for shove

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

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Last Updated

24 Feb 2021

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“Shove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shove. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for shove

shove

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

shove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shove (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong, forceful push

shove

verb
\ 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.

shove

noun

Kids Definition of shove (Entry 2 of 2)

: a forceful push

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