One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A game played by pushing discs with the hand or with a long-handled shovel over a marked surface.
- ‘Then we had chess for those who played it, whist, cribbage, books, backgammon, and shovelboard.’
- ‘The game of shovelboard was played by two players (each provided with five coins) on a smooth heavy table.’
- ‘The day of the great ocean liners might be over thanks to cheap air travel, but many still yearn for games of shovelboard on the deck and dinner at the captain's table.’
- ‘He insisted upon selling liquor without a license and was often in trouble for his free and easy way with ‘inferiors,’ being heavily fined on one occasion for ‘allowing servants and such to sit in his house and play shovelboard.’’
Mid 16th century: alteration of obsolete shoveboard, from shove + board.
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