- 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, as a steam shovel, equipped with a large scoop or blade for lifting and moving loose material
Origin of shovelMiddle English schovele from Old English scofl from base of scufan: see shove
transitive verb-·eled or -·elled, -·el·ing or -·el·ling
- 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