shuf·​fle | \ ˈshə-fəl How to pronounce shuffle (audio) \
shuffled; shuffling\ ˈshə-​f(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce shuffling (audio) \

Definition of shuffle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to mix in a mass confusedly : jumble
2 : to put or thrust aside or under cover shuffled the whole matter out of his mind
3a : to rearrange (playing cards, dominoes, tiles, etc.) to produce a random order
b : to move about, back and forth, or from one place to another : shift shuffle funds among various accounts
4a : to move by sliding along or back and forth without lifting shuffle one's feet
b : to perform (something, such as a dance) with a dragging, sliding step

intransitive verb

1 : to work into or out of trickily shuffled out of the difficulty
2 : to act or speak in a shifty or evasive manner
3a : to move or walk in a sliding dragging manner without lifting the feet
b : to dance in a lazy nonchalant manner with sliding and tapping motions of the feet
c : to execute in a perfunctory or clumsy manner
4 : to mix playing cards or counters by shuffling



Definition of shuffle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an evasion of the issue : equivocation
2a : an act of shuffling (as of cards)
b : a right or turn to shuffle it's your shuffle
c : a confusing jumble (as of papers or events) lost in the shuffle
3a : a dragging sliding movement specifically : a sliding or scraping step in dancing
b : a dance characterized by such a step
c(1) : a rhythm where each beat of the measure is played as a triplet with the first and second parts of the triplet tied and the third part accented
(2) : music played in a shuffle rhythm

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shuffler \ ˈshə-​f(ə-​)lər How to pronounce shuffler (audio) \ noun

Examples of shuffle in a Sentence

Verb He shuffled across the floor. She stood there, shuffling her feet, waiting for the bus to arrive. She shuffled the papers on her desk. The manager shuffled the batting order. Whose turn is it to shuffle and deal? Noun We heard the shuffle of feet outside the door. He gave the cards a good shuffle and then dealt.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The names shuffle a bit, but that depth could re-emerge in 2020. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "To replace Chase Young’s dominance, Ohio State football needs a group approach in 2020," 3 Jan. 2020 Goligoski shuffled the puck to Garland, whose low-percentage shot found its way past Blues goaltender Jake Allen in part because of a superb screen from Carl Soderberg in front of the net. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes snap losing streak with win over defending champion St. Louis Blues," 31 Dec. 2019 Combined with Childers' vivid lyrics and captivating storytelling, Saturday's beer-swilling, foot-shuffling crowd was having a blast. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rising star Tyler Childers transforms Milwaukee's Riverside Theater into hootin', hollerin' honky tonk," 3 Nov. 2019 When asked where those people go, Mr Clark gestures to an elderly black man who has just shuffled into the hallway dragging a suitcase. The Economist, "New research probes eviction’s causes and consequences," 24 Aug. 2019 As usual in the Premier League, the revolving door of managers sees familiar faces disappear and new names shuffle into their places., "The Biggest Challenges Facing the Premier League's Newest Managers This Season," 16 Aug. 2019 The shifting light in Ruby's eyes signals a lifetime's calculation at work, but this aspect of her story becomes just another card shuffled into the narrative deck, the final reveal of her hand unconvincing. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Kitchen': Film Review," 7 Aug. 2019 The shackled teenager, identified in court as T.W., drowsily shuffled into a third-floor courtroom of Sacramento County Courthouse on Friday led by Placer County Probation officers and a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy. Darrell Smith, sacbee, "Teen accused in his sister’s death appears in court," 27 Jan. 2018 Variations were due to mutations, which could be shuffled into new combinations. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Seek to Update Evolution," 22 Nov. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So teens many times will show up with a steering method already in place, either shuffle or hand-over-hand, Boparai said. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's how you should be steering your vehicle, according to experts," 9 Jan. 2020 They were forced to shuffle players out of their natural positions and had two rookies starting on the right side in David Edwards at guard and Bobby Evans at tackle. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL winners, losers: The Baltimore Ravens rise while the Chicago Bears are a mess," 18 Nov. 2019 Warren hasn't been as consistent as last season (that's almost entirely due to offensive line inexperience and shuffle) and Doaks is just now back up to speed. Fletcher Page,, "What we learned with a lot going on during No. 21 UC football's win against Tulsa," 20 Oct. 2019 Solomon, in his role as the dealer, intentionally stacked the deck of cards for a favorable outcome and then conducted two false shuffles, according to state police. Laura Mcknight,, "Jefferson Parish poker dealer, accomplice accused of plotting to steal 'Bad Beat' jackpot," 10 Feb. 2018 When squeezed, the hydrogens and oxygens shuffle into other crystal structures; scientists now know of more than a dozen different forms of ice. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "New Form of Water, Both Liquid and Solid, Is ‘Really Strange’," 5 Feb. 2018 Think of a fancy shuffle, then expand that into a dance routine. Cameron Knight,, "How a deck of playing cards from Cincinnati became worth hundreds of dollars," 25 Dec. 2019 Boeing's stock rose on the news of the executive shuffle, trading 2.5% higher Monday morning at around $336. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg dismissed as 737 Max woes continue," 23 Dec. 2019 Caught up in the shuffle, Nuñez was severely beaten by a group of officers. Flora Charner, CNN, "Beaten and blinded, Chile's protesters face "policy of punishment," says Amnesty International," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of shuffle


1570, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shuffle


perhaps irregular from shove entry 1

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The first known use of shuffle was in 1570

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shuffle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shuffle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to slide your feet along the ground or back and forth without lifting them completely
: to move things or people into a different order or into different positions
: to mix (playing cards) before playing a game so that no one knows what order they are in



English Language Learners Definition of shuffle (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of moving by sliding your feet without lifting them off the ground
: the act of mixing the order of playing cards : the act of shuffling cards


shuf·​fle | \ ˈshə-fəl How to pronounce shuffle (audio) \
shuffled; shuffling

Kids Definition of shuffle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to slide back and forth without lifting He shuffled his feet.
2 : to walk or move by sliding or dragging the feet I just shuffled along.
3 : to mix up the order of (as playing cards)
4 : to push or move about or from place to place She shuffled the papers on her desk.



Kids Definition of shuffle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a sliding or dragging walk
2 : an act of mixing up or moving so as to change the order or position
3 : a confusing jumble The idea was lost in the shuffle.

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