US: /ˈʃoʊɫdɝ/
UK: /ʃˈə‍ʊldɐ/

English Vietnamese dictionary

shoulder /'ʃouldə/
  • danh từ
    • vai
      • shoulder to shoulder: vai kề vai, kề vai sát cánh
    • vai núi, vai chai, vai áo...
    • miếng thịt vai (thịt lợn...)
    • (quân sự) tư thế bồng súng
    • to cry on someone's shoulders
      • tìm an ủi của ai, kể lể nỗi niềm đau khổ với ai
    • to give the cold shoulder to someone
      • (xem) cold
    • to have broad shoulders
      • khoẻ; có thể vác nặng; có thể gánh vác nhiều trách nhiệm
    • to lay the blame on the right shoulderx
      • (xem) blame
    • old head on young shoulders
      • (xem) head
    • to put (set) [one's] shoulder to [the] wheel
      • gắng sức, ra tay
    • to tell straight from the shoulder
      • nói thẳng, nói bốp chát, nói thật
    • to rub shoulders with
      • chen vai với (bóng)
  • động từ
    • che bằng vai, lách, len lỏi
    • vác lên vai; gánh trách nhiệm
    • (quân sự) bồng súng

Advanced English dictionary

noun, verb
+ noun
part of body
1 [C] either of the two parts of the body between the top of each arm and the neck: He slung the bag over his shoulder. + She tapped him on the shoulder. + He looked back over his shoulder. + She shrugged her shoulders (= showing that she didn't know or care). + an off-the-shoulder dress + He carried the child on his shoulders.
2 (in adjectives) having the type of shoulders mentioned: broad-shouldered
3 [C] the part of a piece of clothing that covers the shoulder: a jacket with padded shoulders
4 [U, C] ~ (of sth) meat from the top part of one of the front legs of an animal that has four legs
of mountain / bottle, etc.
5 [C] ~ (of sth) a part of sth, such as a bottle or mountain, that is shaped like a shoulder: The village lay just around the shoulder of the hill.
side of road
6 [C] (AmE) an area of ground at the side of a road where vehicles can stop in an emergency: No shoulder for next 5 miles.
Idioms: be looking over your shoulder to be anxious and have the feeling that sb is going to do sth unpleasant or harmful to you: If you give the police his name, you'll spend the rest of your life looking over your shoulder, wondering when he'll find you.
on sb's shoulders if blame, guilt, etc. is on sb's shoulders, they must take responsibility for it: Stop trying to put the blame on somebody else's shoulders.
put your shoulder to the wheel to start working very hard at a particular task: Everyone is going to have to put their shoulder to the wheel.
a shoulder to cry on (used to describe a person who listens to your problems and gives you sympathy)
shoulder to shoulder (with sb)
1 physically close to sb: The large crowd stood shoulder to shoulder in the stands.
2 as one group that has the same aims, opinions, etc.
more at CHIP n., COLD adj., HEAD n., OLD, RUB v., STRAIGHT adv.
+ verb
accept responsibility
1 [VN] to accept the responsibility for sth: to shoulder the responsibility / blame for sth + women who shoulder the double burden of childcare and full-time work
push with shoulder
2 [+adv./prep.] to push forward with your shoulder in order to get somewhere: [VN] He shouldered his way through the crowd and went after her. + [V] She shouldered past a woman with a screaming baby.
3 [VN +adv./prep.] to push sb/sth out of your way with your shoulder: He shouldered the man aside.
carry on shoulder
4 [VN] to carry sth on your shoulder: She shouldered her bag and set off home. + to shoulder arms (= to hold a weapon, rifle, etc. against your shoulder while you are not using it)

Thesaurus dictionary

1 side, edge, verge, margin; breakdown lane:
If you have a flat tyre, drive onto the hard shoulder and phone for help.
2 give (someone) the cold shoulder. rebuff, snub, ostracize, send (someone) to Coventry, cold-shoulder, put (someone) down, reject, exclude, freeze (someone) out, shun, avoid, Colloq cut (dead):
After his court case, they gave Nicholas the cold shoulder at his club
3 put (one's or the) shoulder to the wheel. make every effort, make an effort, strive, work hard, pitch in, apply oneself, roll up one's sleeves, set or get to work, Colloq knuckle down, buckle down:
If we put our shoulders to the wheel, we ought to be able to get our candidate elected.
4 rub shoulders (with). associate (with), hobnob (with), socialize (with), consort (with), mix (with), fraternize (with), keep company (with):
Once in a while, she condescends to come down and rub shoulders with the common people
5 shoulder to shoulder. side by side, united, as one, cooperatively, jointly, arm in arm, hand in hand, in partnership:
If we fight shoulder to shoulder, we can defeat this menace and regain our freedom.
6 straight from the shoulder. directly, straightforwardly, candidly, frankly, honestly, openly, unabashedly, unashamedly, unambiguously, unequivocally, plainly, bluntly, man to man, (with) no holds barred, outright, Colloq without beating about the bush, without pulling (any) punches:
I want to tell you, straight from the shoulder, Willie, you're the best pal in the world.
7 push, shove, jostle, hustle, thrust aside, elbow, force:
She shouldered everyone aside roughly to fight her way to the bargain counter
8 support, carry, bear, take upon oneself, take on, accept, assume:
Are you ready to shoulder the responsibilities of caring for a family?

Collocation dictionary

1 part of the body between the neck and the arm


dislocated, frozen
His frozen shoulder has stopped him playing tennis.


injury | blade, bones, joint, muscle, socket
The bullet hit him squarely between the shoulder blades.
| height, level | width
Keep the feet shoulder width apart.
| harness, sling, strap | injury


over your ~
He slung the sack over his shoulder and set off.


a pat on the shoulder
He gave me a reassuring pat on the shoulder.
| shoulder to shoulder
The route of the procession was lined with police officers standing shoulder to shoulder.
| tap sb on the shoulder
I tapped the man on the shoulder and asked him to move.

2 shoulders: the part between the two shoulders


big, broad, great, huge, manly, massive, muscled, muscular, powerful, strong, wide | delicate, shapely, slim | narrow, thin | square | round | bony | bowed | bare | tense, tight | tired


When I asked him why he'd done it he just shrugged his shoulders.
| hunch
He hunched his shoulders against the cold wind.


be bent, be bowed, be stooped
She was crouched with her head forward and her shoulders bent.
| droop, drop, sag, slump
My shoulders dropped with relief.
| lift, shrug
Her shoulders lifted in a vague shrug.
| heave, shake, twitch
His enormous shoulders heaved with sobs.
| stiffen, tighten | relax


on your ~s
The child sat on her father's shoulders to watch the parade go by.

1 accept the responsibility for sth


have to, must
She had to shoulder the burden of childcare.
| be willing/unwilling to
He was unwilling to shoulder this responsibility alone.

2 push sb/sth with your shoulder


We were shouldered roughly out of the way.
| aside, out of the way


shoulder your way past/through sb/sth
She shouldered her way through the crowd.

Concise English dictionary

+the part of the body between the neck and the upper arm
+a cut of beef from the shoulder of the animal
+a ball-and-socket joint between the head of the humerus and a cavity of the scapula
+narrow edge of land (usually unpaved) along the side of a road
+lift onto one's shoulders
+push with the shoulders
+carry a burden, either real or metaphoric