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

Other Words from shuffle


shuffler \ ˈshə-​f(ə-​)lər How to pronounce shuffle (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One source said Poles might shuffle the area assignments for a few college scouts. Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 2 May 2022 The company acknowledged that its deforestation monitoring system targets ranches, not their owners, though many operate multiple properties — some sanctioned and some not — and can shuffle cattle between them. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 There are hundreds of examples through which to shuffle in the affirmative and a few in the dissent. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Mar. 2022 The delays have prompted airlines to shuffle their fleet plans or in some cases reduce flight schedules. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 Influenza's genetic material is made up of multiple segments of RNA that can shuffle back and forth when two viruses co-infect the same cell. Michael Nedelman, CNN, 1 Apr. 2022 Volunteers helped an elderly woman slowly shuffle along a makeshift wooden walkway. The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2022 Likewise, male sparrows will remix and shuffle their set list to captivate their love interests. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Feb. 2022 After just a lap, the seven runners had spread out along the half-mile course, and every few minutes, one of them would jog or shuffle or walk past. Devin Kelly, Longreads, 19 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The ban, outlined in an internal notice by the party’s powerful Central Organization Department, could play a role in Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s efforts to increase his influence at a twice-a-decade leadership shuffle scheduled for later this year. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, 19 May 2022 That would mean the 1.2 million positions lost during the pandemic have almost all been recovered, though there's been a shuffle across industries. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 6 May 2022 With the shuffle, Hartbeat Productions’ Bryan Smiley becomes president and chief content officer of HartBeat. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 Your hip abductor muscles (the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus) work primarily in exercises in the frontal plane of motion—think side-to-side movement, like with a lateral shuffle. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 13 Apr. 2022 The same papers that once speculated about Mr. Sunak as a prime minister in waiting now question whether Mr. Johnson will demote him in a cabinet shuffle. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2022 On a track that utilizes more empty space than the average Foos rocker, Hawkins has room to lay down a fast shuffle punctuated with rat-a-tat snare fills. Al Shipley, SPIN, 27 Mar. 2022 But amidst all that changing chaos, there’s been one sign of consistency – Carmelo Anthony with the same braids, the same headband, celebrating three-point shots with the same sideways shuffle and the same fingers pointed to his temple. Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 For Kipchoge, recovery runs start at a shuffle, typically an 8:30-to-8:45-minute-mile pace, and slowly build up to finish around 6:30 to 7 minutes per mile. Cathal Dennehy, Outside Online, 6 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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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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