shovel2 past tense and past participle shovelled, present participle shovelling British English, past tense and past participle shoveled, present participle shoveling American English [transitive]
to lift and move earth, stones etc with a shovel:
The workmen shovelled gravel onto the road.
They were out in freezing conditions shovelling snow off the pitch.
shovel the driveway/sidewalk etc American English (=shovel snow from a road or path)
Everyone was out shovelling their sidewalks.
to put something, usually food, somewhere quickly:
We shovelled food into our mouths as fast as we could.