E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A game in which three counters were shoved or slid over a smooth board; a game very popular in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; the table itself, and sometimes even the counters were so called. Slender speaks of two Edward shovel-boards. (Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, i. 1.)