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shuffle

verb shuf·fle \ ˈshə-fəl \
Updated on: 22 Apr 2018

Definition of shuffle

shuffled; shuffling play \ˈshə-f(ə-)liŋ\
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
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

play \ˈshə-f(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of shuffle in a Sentence

  1. He shuffled across the floor.

  2. She stood there, shuffling her feet, waiting for the bus to arrive.

  3. She shuffled the papers on her desk.

  4. The manager shuffled the batting order.

  5. Whose turn is it to shuffle and deal?

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Origin and Etymology of shuffle

perhaps irregular from 1shove


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shuffle

noun

Definition of shuffle

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

  1. We heard the shuffle of feet outside the door.

  2. He gave the cards a good shuffle and then dealt.

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First Known Use of shuffle

1628

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SHUFFLE Defined for English Language Learners

shuffle

Definition of shuffle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


shuffle

Definition of shuffle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SHUFFLE Defined for Kids

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shuffle

verb shuf·fle \ ˈshə-fəl \

Definition of shuffle for Students

shuffled; shuffling
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.

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shuffle

noun

Definition of shuffle for Students

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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