shuffle

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verb

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

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
3
a
: 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
4
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
shuffler noun

shuffle

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noun

1
: an evasion of the issue : equivocation
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Visitors shuffle off their shoes to pay homage to his memory in his room, furnished with little more than a mat, pillow, and writing desk. Maya Jasanoff, The New Yorker, 19 June 2024 The atmosphere is of gloomy foreboding, as the family shuffles through the excruciating formalities and rituals involved in the birth of a new Groan heir, all under the ambitious gaze of the servant Steerpike. Marianne Gordon, Peoplemag, 19 June 2024
Noun
There has been the usual roster turnover, players leaving through the transfer portal, and some coming in, and a shuffle in the coaching staff, with new coordinators Gordon Sammis (offense) and Matt Brock (defense) on both sides of the ball. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 19 Apr. 2024 Google Search has recently undergone a big leadership shuffle, with Liz Reid taking over as the new head of Search. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 25 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for shuffle 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

perhaps irregular from shove entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

1570, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shuffle was in 1570

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Cite this Entry

“Shuffle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shuffle. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

shuffle

1 of 2 verb
shuf·​fle ˈshəf-əl How to pronounce shuffle (audio)
shuffled; shuffling -(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce shuffle (audio)
1
: to mix in a disorderly mass
2
: to push out of sight
3
a
: to mix cards to change their order in the pack
b
: to move from place to place
4
a
: to walk or move by sliding or dragging the feet
shuffling along
b
: to move by sliding along or back and forth without lifting
shuffled her feet
shuffler noun

shuffle

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: an act of shuffling
b
: a disorderly mass or pile
2
: a sliding or dragging walk

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