SHOVE, v.t. 1. To push; to propel; to drive along by the direct application of strength without impulse; particularly, to push a body by sliding or causing it to move along the surface of another body, either by the hand or by an instrument; as, the shove a bottle along a table; to shove a table along the floor; to shove a boat along the water. And shove away the worthy bidden guest. Milton. Shoving back this earth on which I sit. Dryden. 2. To push; to press against. He used to shove an elbow his fellow servants to get near his mistress Arbuthnot. To shove away, to push to a distance; to thrust off. To shove by, to push away; to delay, or to reject; as, to shoveby the hearing of a cause; or to shove by justice. [Not elegant.] To shove off, to thrust or push away. To shove down, to overthrow by pushing. SHOVE, v.i. 1. To push or drive forward; to urge a course. 2. To push off; to move in a boat or with a pole; as, he shoved from shore. To shove off, to move from shore by pushing with poles or oars. SHOVE, n. The act of pushing or pressing against by strength, without a sudden impulse.