Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “shovel”


noun [C]     /ˈʃʌv.əl/
C2 a tool consisting of a wide , square metal or plastic blade , usually with slightly raised sides , attached to a handle , for moving loose material such as sand , coal , or snow ToolsGardening tools a similar part on a large machine , for picking up and holding loose material Machine parts (also shovelful) the amount of something that can fit on a shovel: Should I put another shovelful of coal on the fire ?Informal measurements of volumeMeasurements of volume
(Definition of shovel noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of shovel

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Tools, but you might be interested in these topics from the Household equipment topic area:

Definitions of “shovel” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a good knowledge of something, or the fact that you know it so well

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More