From Middle English shovele, schovel, showell, shoule, shole (> English dialectal shoul, shool), from Old English scofl (“shovel”), from Proto-Germanic *skuflō, *skūflō (“shovel”), equivalent to shove + -el (instrumental/agent suffix). Cognate with Scots shuffle, shule, shuil (“shovel”), Saterland Frisian Sköifel (“shovel”), West Frisian skoffel, schoffel (“hoe, spade, shovel”), Dutch schoffel (“spade, hoe”), Low German Schüfel, Schuffel (“shovel”), German Schaufel (“shovel”), Danish skovl (“shovel”), Swedish skyffel, skovel (“shovel”), Icelandic skófla (“shovel”).
shool (plural shools)
- (obsolete) A shovel.
- 1611 And the pots, and the shouels, and the snuffers, and the spoones, and all the vessels of brasse wherewith they ministred, tooke they away. (2 Kings 25:14, Authorized Version of 1611 (King James Version), 1611 edition)
- 2003 And the pots, and the shovels, and the wick trimmers, and the ladles, and all the vessels of bronze with which they ministered, they took away. (2 Kings 25:14, Authorized Version of 1611 (King James Version), 2003 edition)
- (obsolete) A spade.
- 2010 "shool spade see shovel" (A Bibliography of English Etymology, Volumes 1-2 by Anatoly Liberman, Ari Hoptman, Nathan E. Carlson, U of Minnesota Press, 2010, page 785)
- To move materials with a shovel.
- The workers were shooling gravel and tarmac into the pothole in the road.
- (transitive, figuratively) To move with a shoveling motion, to cover as by shoveling
- 1898 The Winter's Tale [Annotated] by William Shakespeare, H. H. Furness, page 236, [Annotation for line] 511. shouels-in...Jamieson (Scottish Dict. Suppl.) gives: 'Shool, A shovel' and 'To shool on, metaph. to cover, as in a grave.'
- To shuffle or shamble
- 1988 Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, ↑ISBN, (page 652), "scuffle vb...2 syn shuffle 3, scuffle, shamble, ||shool, shovel"; (page 669) "shambles vb syn shuffle 3, scuffle, shamble, ||shool, shovel"; (page 670) "shuffle vb syn scuff, scuffle, shamble, || shool, shovel"
- Lexic.us, Retrieved 2013-02-14
- Definition of Shool 1. to shovel [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: shovel
- TheFreeDictionary.com, Retrieved 2013-02-14
- shool n (Engineering / Tools) a dialect word for shovel,
- Dictionary.com, Retrieved 2013-02-14
- shool — n a dialect word for shovel,
- Merriam-Webster.com, Retrieved 2013-02-14
- Definition of SHOOL...
- 1 chiefly dial : to drag or scrape along : shamble, shuffle
- 2: to loaf or idle about begging : loiter, saunter