Meaning of SHOVEL in English

SHOVEL

n. & v.

--n.

1. a a spadelike tool for shifting quantities of coal, earth, etc., esp. having the sides curved upwards. b the amount contained in a shovel; a shovelful.

2 a machine or part of a machine having a similar form or function.

--v.tr. (shovelled, shovelling; US shoveled, shoveling)

1. shift or clear (coal etc.) with or as if with a shovel.

2 colloq. move (esp. food) in large quantities or roughly (shovelled peas into his mouth).

Phrases and idioms:

shovel hat a broad-brimmed hat esp. worn by some clergymen.

Derivatives:

shovelful n. (pl. -fuls).

Etymology: OE scofl f. Gmc (see SHOVE)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.