Any machine, as a steam shovel, equipped with a large scoop or blade for lifting and moving loose material.
(US) A spade.
Other Word Forms of Shovel
Origin of Shovel
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").
Middle English from Old English scofl
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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