Definition of shovel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʃʌvl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌvl//
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  1. 1 a tool with a long handle and a broad blade with curved edges, used for moving earth, snow, sand, etc. workmen with picks and shovels (North American English) The children took their pails and shovels to the beach. compare spade See related entries: Gardening
  2. 2the part of a large machine or vehicle that digs or moves earth
  3. Word OriginOld English scofl, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schoffel, German Schaufel, also to the verb shove.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shovel