(shovelling, shovelled, (US English)shoveling, shoveled) shovel something (+ adv./prep.) to lift and move earth, stones, coal, etc. with a shovel A gang of workmen were shovelling rubble onto a truck. They went out in freezing conditions to shovel snow. (North American English) to shovel the sidewalk/driveway (= to remove snow) (figurative) He sat at the table, shovelling food into his mouth.