from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To push forward or along.
  • transitive v. To push rudely or roughly. See Synonyms at push.
  • intransitive v. To push someone or something with force.
  • n. The act of shoving; a push.
  • shove off To push (a boat) away from shore in leaving.
  • shove off Informal To leave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To push, especially roughly or with force
  • v. To make an all-in bet.
  • v. To pass (counterfeit money).
  • n. A rough push.
  • n. An all-in bet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • p. p. of shove.
  • n. The act of shoving; a forcible push.
  • intransitive v. To push or drive forward; to move onward by pushing or jostling.
  • intransitive v. To move off or along by an act pushing, as with an oar a pole used by one in a boat; sometimes with off.
  • transitive v. To drive along by the direct and continuous application of strength; to push; especially, to push (a body) so as to make it move along the surface of another body
  • transitive v. To push along, aside, or away, in a careless or rude manner; to jostle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To press or push along by the direct application of strength continuously exerted; particularly, to push (something) so as to make it slide or move along the surface of another body, either by the hand or by an instrument: as, to shove a table along the floor; to shove a boat into the water.
  • To prop; support.
  • To push roughly or without ceremony; press against; jostle.
  • To push; bring into prominence.
  • Synonyms To push, propel, drive. See thrust.
  • To press or push forward; push; drive; move along.
  • To move in a boat by pushing with a pole or oar which reaches to the bottom of the water or to the shore: often with off or from.
  • To germinate; shoot: also, to cast the first teeth.
  • n. The act of shoving, pushing, or pressing by strength continuously exerted; a strong push, generally along or as if along a surface.
  • n. The central woody part of the stem of flax or hemp; the boon.
  • n. A forward movement of packed and piled ice; especially, such a movement in the St. Lawrence river at Montreal, caused in the early winter by the descent of the ground-ice from the Lachine Rapids above, which, on reaching the islands below the city, is packed, thus forming a dam.
  • n. In billiards, the more common designation of the push. Degrees of strength have also given it other names. When it was foul in America to push so gently as to control the balls, the strenuous stroke was called Bowery in New York city, Germantown in Philadelphia, and timber-lick in the West.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. press or force
  • v. push roughly
  • n. the act of shoving (giving a push to someone or something)
  • v. come into rough contact with while moving


Middle English shoven, from Old English scūfan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English scūfan, from Proto-Germanic *skeubanan (compare West Frisian skowe, Dutch schuiven, German schieben), from Proto-Indo-European *skeubʰ- (compare Lithuanian skùbti ‘to hurry’, Polish skubać ‘to pluck’, Albanian humb ‘to lose’). (Wiktionary)



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