An example of a shovel is a tool with which to dig dirt.
An example of shovel is to dig in the sand.
To shovel food into one's mouth.
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.
One shovel of dirt.
Shoveled a path through the snow.
He shoveled the food into his mouth.
Shoveling off the driveway after the snowstorm; shovels out the hall closet once a year.
Origin of shovel
- Middle English from Old English scofl
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English shovele, schovel, showell, shoule, shole (> English dialectal shoul, shool), from Old English scofl (“shovel"), from Proto-Germanic *skuflō, *skÅ«flō (“shovel"), equivalent to shove +"Ž -el (instrumental/agent suffix). Cognate with Scots shuffle, shule, shuil (“shovel"), Saterland Frisian Sköifel (“shovel"), West Frisian skoffel, schoffel (“hoe, spade, shovel"), Dutch schoffel (“spade, hoe"), Low German Schüfel, Schuffel (“shovel"), German Schaufel (“shovel"), Danish skovl (“shovel"), Swedish skyffel, skovel (“shovel"), Icelandic skófla (“shovel").