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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Other Words from shuffle


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

Examples of shuffle in a Sentence


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?


We heard the shuffle of feet outside the door. He gave the cards a good shuffle and then dealt.
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An up and down day for Menard saw him qualify second, get shuffled back, be involved in the lap 104 accident, but still finish in the top 10. 11. Rob Peeters, Indianapolis Star, "Brickyard 400 one-liners: Single sentence reviews of all 40 drivers who raced Sunday," 8 Sep. 2019 Sheckells, a left-hander, rolled to his left out of a read-option play and waited for Reese, listed as a tight end, to get a little space off the line before shuffling the ball to him with his right hand. Pat Stoetzer,, "College Football: McDaniel enjoys ‘a great day,’ first home win since 2017," 7 Sep. 2019 The Falcons also shuffled their coaching responsibilities with coach Dan Quinn calling defensive plays and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter getting a fresh start with Atlanta. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "NFC preview: Will new coaching staff propel Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay back to title chase?," 5 Sep. 2019 However, Police’s risk assessment indicates that there is a serious safety threat’’. Yet, demonstrators turned up in the tens of thousands, filling Hong Kong’s main roads with a swell of shuffling people. Shibani Mahtani,, "Hong Kong police forcibly clear thousands of protesters occupying legislature complex," 1 July 2019 Several games also appear in this section, because a deck of cards is akin to a book that can be shuffled., "“A book is a sequence of spaces.," 12 Sep. 2019 The next five months were torture, Heder says, as he was shuffled among a handful of detention centers and given little information. Lauren Bohn, Marie Claire, "Who Killed Claudia Gomez?," 2 May 2019 The Raiders’ facility is adjacent to the Oakland Airport, so candidates could be shuffled in every two hours. Andy Benoit,, "How an NFL Defense Is Built," 21 June 2018 In a related piece of schedule shuffling that became an issue because of the date changes involved with those two games, Bamford said, UMass ended up adding the game against Rutgers. Steve Berkowitz, Lila Bromberg And Andy Kostka, USA TODAY, "College football guarantee-game contracts: They cover much more than the money," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Not far behind is Parker, another little boy with the same walker and shuffle. Henry Quindara, USA TODAY, "Children with rare genetic disease find comfort in this first-ever meeting," 28 Aug. 2019 In the clip, Alda and his granddaughter complete a variety of tap moves, including shuffles and jumps, as onlookers laugh. Rachel Desantis,, "Alan Alda Shares Adorable Throwback Video of Him Tap-Dancing with Granddaughter," 25 Aug. 2019 Salón San Luis The dance floor at this old-school salon, cloaked in red light, comes alive as locals, tourists, and old timers twirl and shuffle to the tunes of a live band. Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things To Do In Mexico City," 4 Mar. 2018 Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero, entering his third year at the helm, told The Oregonian/OregonLive that this kind of administrative shuffle is typical in the district, which places principals in 81 schools., "The principal shuffle: Who’s in and who’s out at Portland Public Schools," 21 Aug. 2019 Lost in the shuffle of these revelations is whether people are truly needed to make these AI-dependent systems work, and how much companies should tell users about this process. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Yes, tech companies may listen when you talk to your virtual assistant. Here's why that's not likely to stop," 19 Aug. 2019 As part of the shuffle he was made executive chairman, prompting Boohoo’s non-executive chairman, a retail veteran, to leave. The Economist, "Boohoo’s business model is as cheeky as a bikini paired with chaps," 17 Aug. 2019 Altidore and Cannon had earned starts along with attacker Jordan Morris and central defender Matt Miazga’s as part of U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter’s lineup shuffle. USA TODAY, "US defeats Jamaica to reach Gold Cup final against old foe Mexico," 4 July 2019 One was with Terry Boers on The Score, which ended in 1999 when management dispatched Boers to join Bernstein as part of last WSCR-AM lineup shuffle on par with last week’s. Phil Rosenthal,, "Dan McNeil sounds off on response to WSCR-AM return, ‘abject failure’ and Danny Parkins," 19 Mar. 2018

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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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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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