Definition of shoveler in English:


Syllabification: shov·el·er
Pronunciation: /ˈSHəv(ə)lər
(chiefly British shoveller)


  • 1A person or thing that shovels something.
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    • As Bella Vista's shovelers work into the late-afternoon twilight, the faint chiming of church bells wafts over from the nearby town center.
    • When the shovelers come by, they shovel the bread, rats and spoiled meat into the sausage vats.
    • Jurgis is hired at Brown's Meat packing plant as a shoveler.
  • 2A dabbling duck with a long broad bill.
    [ late Middle English (denoting a spoonbill): alteration of earlier shovelard, from shovel, perhaps influenced by mallard]
    • Genus Anas, family Anatidae: four species, in particular A. clypeata of Eurasia and North America
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    • Down in the pond there were mallards, northern shovelers, coots and a few gallinules.
    • Far less abundant and therefore more highly prized are pintails and shovelers.
    • The shovelers and pintails have reached the northern plains and have spread through much of Alaska.

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