From Middle English shoven, schouven, from Old English scūfan, from Proto-Germanic *skeubaną (compare West Frisian skowe, Low German schuven, Dutch schuiven, German schieben, Danish skubbe), from Proto-Indo-European *skeubʰ- (compare Lithuanian skùbti ‘to hurry’, Polish skubać ‘to pluck’, Albanian humb ‘to lose’).



shove ‎(third-person singular simple present shoves, present participle shoving, simple past and past participle shoved)

  1. To push, especially roughly or with force.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 12, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      So, after a spell, he decided to make the best of it and shoved us into the front parlor. 'Twas a dismal sort of place, with hair wreaths, and wax fruit, and tin lambrekins, and land knows what all
  2. To move off or along by an act of pushing, as with an oar or pole used in a boat; sometimes with off.
    • Garth
      He grasped the oar, received his guests on board, and shoved from shore.
  3. (poker, by ellipsis) To make an all-in bet.
  4. (slang) To pass (counterfeit money).

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shove ‎(plural shoves)

  1. A rough push.
    • Jonathan Swift
      I rested [] and then gave the boat another shove.
  2. (poker slang) An all-in bet.

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