- The definition of a shovel is a tool that has a long handle and a broad pan used to lift and move things.
An example of a shovel is a tool with which to dig dirt.
- Shovel is defined as to lift and move with a shovel.
An example of shovel is to dig in the sand.
- a tool with a broad, deep scoop or blade and a long handle: used in lifting and moving loose material, as earth, snow, gravel, etc.
- any machine equipped with a shovel-like device: a steam shovel
Origin of shovelMiddle English schovele ; from Old English scofl ; from base of scufan: see shove
transitive verbshoveled or shovelled, shoveling or shovelling
- to lift and move with a shovel
- to clean or dig out (a path, etc.) with a shovel
- to put or throw, in large quantities: to shovel food into one's mouth
- A tool with a handle and a broad scoop or blade for digging and moving material, such as dirt or snow.
- A large mechanical device or vehicle for heavy digging or excavation.
- The amount that a shovel can hold; a shovelful: One shovel of dirt.
verbshov·eled, shov·el·ing, shov·els also shov·elled or shov·el·ling
- To move or remove with a shovel.
- To make with a shovel: shoveled a path through the snow.
- To convey or throw in a rough or hasty way, as if with a shovel: He shoveled the food into his mouth.
- To clear or excavate with or as if with a shovel: shoveling off the driveway after the snowstorm; shovels out the hall closet once a year.
Origin of shovelMiddle English, from Old English scofl.
left: ergonomic snow shovel
right: D-handle round point shovel
- A hand tool with a handle, used for moving portions of material such as earth, snow, and grain from one place to another, with some forms also used for digging. Not to be confused with a spade, which is designed solely for small-scale digging and incidental tasks such as chopping of small roots.
- (US) A spade.
(third-person singular simple present shovels, present participle shoveling or shovelling, simple past and past participle shoveled or shovelled)
- To move materials with a shovel.
- The workers were shovelling gravel and tarmac into the pothole in the road.
- After the blizzard, we shoveled the driveway for the next two days.
- I don't mind shoveling, but using a pickaxe hurts my back terribly.
- (figuratively) To move with a shoveling motion.
From Middle English shovele, schovel, showell, shoule, shole (> English dialectal shoul, shool), from Old English scofl (“shovel"), from Proto-Germanic *skuflÅ, *skÅ«flÅ (“shovel"), equivalent to shove +"Ž -el (instrumental/agent suffix). Cognate with Scots shuffle, shule, shuil (“shovel"), Saterland Frisian SkÃ¶ifel (“shovel"), West Frisian skoffel, schoffel (“hoe, spade, shovel"), Dutch schoffel (“spade, hoe"), Low German SchÃ¼fel, Schuffel (“shovel"), German Schaufel (“shovel"), Danish skovl (“shovel"), Swedish skyffel, skovel (“shovel"), Icelandic skÃ³fla (“shovel").