Pronunciation: (shuv'ul),[key] —n., v.,-eled, -el•ing or (esp. Brit.)-elled, -el•ling.
—n. 1. an implement consisting of a broad blade or scoop attached to a long handle, used for taking up, removing, or throwing loose matter, as earth, snow, or coal.
2. any fairly large contrivance or machine with a broad blade or scoop for taking up or removing loose matter: a steam shovel. 3. a shovelful.
4. Informal.See shovel hat.
—v.t. 1. to take up and cast or remove with a shovel: to shovel coal. 2. to gather up in large quantity roughly or carelessly with or as if with a shovel: He shoveled food into his mouth. 3. to dig or clear with or as if with a shovel: to shovel a path through the snow.