Share this entry

Share this page

shovelware

Line breaks: shovel|ware
Pronunciation: /ˈʃʌv(ə)lwɛː
 
/

Definition of shovelware in English:

noun

[mass noun] Computing
Software or online content that has been added to a CD or placed on the Internet without having been altered so as to suit the new medium.
Example sentences
  • All stories in the Oklahoman are automatically included through computer software called shovelware.
  • All of the candidates' sites provided important collateral materials - biographies, press releases, schedules, shovelware.
  • You don't want to ship shovelware and want to stay back to finish what you started

Origin

1980s: from the notion of ‘shovelling’ the information on to a CD or the Internet indiscriminately.

Definition of shovelware in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rəˈzilyənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…