What does shove mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shoveverb

    the act of shoving (giving a push to someone or something)

    "he gave the door a shove"

  2. jostle, shoveverb

    come into rough contact with while moving

    "The passengers jostled each other in the overcrowded train"

  3. shoveverb

    push roughly

    "the people pushed and shoved to get in line"

  4. thrust, stuff, shove, squeezeverb

    press or force

    "Stuff money into an envelope"; "She thrust the letter into his hand"


  1. shovenoun

    A rough push.

  2. shovenoun

    An all-in bet.

  3. shoveverb

    To push, especially roughly or with force

  4. shoveverb

    To make an all-in bet.

  5. shoveverb

    To pass (counterfeit money).

  6. Etymology: scufan, from skeubanan. Cognate with Dutch schuiven, German schieben.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shovenoun

    The act of shoving; a push.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I was forced to swim behind, and push the boat forward with one of my hands; and the tide favouring me, I could feel the ground: I rested two minutes, and then gave the boat another shove. Gulliver’s Travels.

  2. To Shoveverb

    Etymology: scufan , Saxon; schuyven, Dutch.

    The hand could pluck her back, that shov’d her on. William Shakespeare.

    In the corrupted currents of this world,
    Offence’s gilded hand may shove by justice;
    And oft the wicked prize itself
    Buys out the law. William Shakespeare.

    I sent your grace
    The parcels and particulars of our grief,
    The which hath been with scorn shov’d from the court. William Shakespeare.

    Of other care they little reck’ning make,
    Than how to scramble at the shearers feast,
    And shove away the worthy bidden guest. John Milton.

    There the British Neptune stood,
    Beneath them to submit th’ officious flood,
    And with his trident shov’d them off the sand. Dryden.

    Shoving back this earth on which I sit,
    I’ll mount. John Dryden, Tyrannick Love.

    A strong man was going to shove down St. Paul’s cupola. Arb.

    He used to shove and elbow his fellow-servants to get near his mistress, when money was a-paying or receiving. Arbuthn.

    Behold a rev’rend sire
    Crawl through the streets, shov’d on or rudely press’d
    By his own sons. Alexander Pope.

    You’ve play’d and lov’d, and eat and drank your fill;
    Walk sober off, before a sprightlier age
    Come titt’ring on, and shove you from the stage. Alexander Pope.

    Make nature still incroach upon his plan,
    And shove him off as far as e’er we can. Alexander Pope.

    Eager to express your love,
    You ne’er consider whom you shove,
    But rudely press before a duke. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Shoveverb

    The seamen towed, and I shoved ’till we arrived within forty yards of the shore. Gulliver’s Travels.

    He grasp’d the oar,
    Receiv’d his guests aboard, and shov’d from shore. Samuel Garth.


  1. Shove

    Shove is a 1990 song by grunge band L7, from the album Smell the Magic.


  1. shove

    Shove is a forceful push or thrust, typically with one's hand or body, in a specified direction. It can also imply rudely pushing someone aside or out of the way. As a noun, it refers to the action of pushing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shoveverb

    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; as, to shove a boat on the water; to shove a table across the floor

  2. Shoveverb

    to push along, aside, or away, in a careless or rude manner; to jostle

  3. Shoveverb

    to push or drive forward; to move onward by pushing or jostling

  4. Shoveverb

    to move off or along by an act pushing, as with an oar a pole used by one in a boat; sometimes with off

  5. Shovenoun

    the act of shoving; a forcible push

  6. Shove

    p. p. of Shove

  7. Etymology: [OE. shoven, AS. scofian, fr. scfan; akin to OFries. skva, D. schuiven, G. schieben, OHG. scioban, Icel. skfa, skfa, Sw. skuffa, Dan. skuffe, Goth. afskiuban to put away, cast away; cf. Skr. kshubh to become agitated, to quake, Lith. skubrus quick, skubinti to hasten. 160. Cf. Sheaf a bundle of stalks, Scoop, Scuffle.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shove

    shuv, v.t. to drive along by continuous pressure: to push before one.—v.i. to push forward: to push off.—n. act of shoving: a strong push, a forward movement of packed river-ice.—Shove off, to push off a boat with oar or boat-hook. [A.S. scofian; Dut. schuiven, Ger. schieben.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SHOVE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shove is ranked #47614 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shove surname appeared 445 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shove.

    92.8% or 413 total occurrences were White.
    3.6% or 16 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shove in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shove in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of shove in a Sentence

  1. Alfredo Granado:

    We don't want to shove it down their throats, airbus said whatever employees want to do, it's their choice.

  2. Herrera Beutler:

    When push comes to shove, I'm gon na stand with the Constitution, which is why I actually I'm at peace with it, because that's what I said I'd do in the first place.

  3. Steve Honig:

    Amanda is embarrassed and ashamed this happened and sincerely apologizes to hotel security and the Las Vegas Police Department, amanda is a gentle, respectful person who has never gotten physical with anyone under any circumstance. That evening she had a few drinks at a bachelorette party and when hotel security asked her and Bobby to quiet down, she got a bit rambunctious. Amanda gave Bobby what she thought was a playful shove ; hotel security did their job and reported the incident to the police, who in turn did their job. Despite Bobby explaining this was not an ill-intended shove, the police still had to do their job, which Amanda completely respects and understands.

  4. Graeme McDowell:

    The chase for British Open at Portrush, and getting my spot for that, it's been a journey, this week, with spots available, people have been reminding me all week. Every hole out there it was like' hope you get to Portrush, hope you get in the Open' so there was no chance I was going to be able to shove that to the back of my mind.

  5. Matthew Eledge:

    I had a lot of people in college say they would( carry and deliver a child), but when push comes to shove, that's a huge commitment.

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