shuffle

verb
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

shuffle

noun

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

Verb

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

In early 1945, he was shuffled to a camp near Dachau and put to work building underground bunkers. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Holocaust Survivor Rushed to Make Up for Lost Time and Lives," 2 Nov. 2018 Taracena pleaded guilty to illegally entering the country and was shuffled among several immigration detention facilities in Texas. Miriam Jordan, The Seattle Times, "Separated for 51 days, a reunited migrant family starts a new life in Oregon," 10 Sep. 2018 The artwork had disappeared at some point between 2014 and 2018, a period of great tumult at The Times, as a series of publishers and top editors were shuffled in and out by then-owner Tribune Publishing, which renamed itself Tronc. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?," 12 July 2018 Littlefield dressed, shuffled out into the hallway between his apartment and the academic rooms, and turned the knob on the lab door. Paul Collins, BostonGlobe.com, "What lies in the lab: The gruesome murder at Harvard that transfixed New England," 11 July 2018 After Barraclough was moved into the closer spot and other roles were shuffled, the Marlins’ bullpen has been among the best in the majors. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kyle Barraclough named NL reliever of month, leads Marlins' bullpen dominance in June," 2 July 2018 No sense paying good money to take up prime real estate, the theory goes, after everyone who remembers who you were has shuffled off, too. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Colma cemeteries rapidly running out of space for plots," 5 May 2018 They were shuffled from 1942 to 1945 among three prison camps, which had small army-style barracks with open showers and toilets. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Their unskilled immigrant ancestors came here and built America," 4 May 2018 She’s been shuffled through medications, treatments and surgeries since she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Oaks 2018 is not just a horse race for these cancer survivors," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Or that song that just comes on shuffle out of nowhere and transports you to a land of pure hope. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes August 27-September 2," 20 Aug. 2018 Though ABC News has not commented on the shuffle yet, Haines will reportedly join the new third hour of Good Morning America, which is replacing The Chew in the 1 p.m. time slot. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Sara Haines Is Reportedly Leaving ‘The View’ and Heading to 'Good Morning America'," 23 July 2018 The move marks the latest shuffle for the 30-stock index, which many investors closely watch as a gauge of blue-chip companies’ share performance. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Dow Inc. to Replace DowDuPont in DJIA," 26 Mar. 2019 And such a bureaucratic shuffle could come with a hefty price tag. Verge Staff, The Verge, "What the new Congress means for space, self-driving cars, and regulating Facebook," 7 Nov. 2018 The latest shuffle leaves Russell Stokes in charge of everything except for the natural-gas operations. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "GE Veteran John Rice Returns to Troubled Power Unit," 19 Nov. 2018 After dinner enjoy a spirited game of pool or shuffle board in our games room. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 The Brewers’ back-end-of-the-pen shuffle continued Friday when Adrian Houser was returned to Class AAA Colorado Springs and Brandon Woodruff was summoned from that club. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Notes: Brandon Woodruff back for fifth stint with Brewers as shuffle of arms continues," 13 July 2018 Hollywood shuffle: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending membership invitations to a record 928 people in the film industry. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "With Disney and Comcast willing to discard Fox's RSNs, Cubs must wonder value of channel," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of shuffle

Verb

1570, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shuffle

Verb

perhaps irregular from shove entry 1

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shuffle

verb

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

shuffle

noun

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

shuffle

verb
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.

shuffle

noun

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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