Definition of shovelware in English:



  • 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.

    ‘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’
    • ‘I am very aware that without the right questions and tasks, my work won't be changing anything much; it will be mere shovelware.’
    • ‘We see shovelware everywhere, but we know that the new media can be liberated - and still convergent - from its print and broadcast forebears.’



/ˈSHəvəlwer/ /ˈʃəvəlwɛr/


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