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
When Scheffler exited the vehicle, the officer shoved Scheffler against the car and immediately placed him in handcuffs. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 21 May 2024 Denise Brown, sister of the late Nicole Brown Simpson, is speaking out after a 2016 surveillance video was released of Sean 'Diddy' Combs shoving and kicking his ex-girlfriend, Casandra 'Cassie' Ventura, in a hotel. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for shove 

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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 26 May. 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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