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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 But shuffling school buildings and programs is just the start of the district’s work to bring equal opportunities and resources to neighborhoods across Hartford, Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez says. Rebecca Lurye,, "A rousing welcome for new Milner Middle marks first day of school in Hartford," 27 Aug. 2019 Hays’ ability to play center field and the Orioles’ interest in having him do that long-term might mean he could be added in September and get an extended look there, with Santander and Wilkerson shuffled to the corners. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles prospect Austin Hays finding form in healthy stint at Triple-A Norfolk: ‘The trend is up with Austin’," 27 Aug. 2019 After an eight-hour shift on her feet, shuffling between a stuffy kitchen and the red vinyl booths of Broad Street Diner, Christina Munce is at a standstill in traffic. Alana Semuels, Time, "Low Wages, Sexual Harassment and Unreliable Tips. This Is Life in America’s Booming Service Industry," 22 Aug. 2019 True, Cuba's autocratic gerontocracy is practiced at shuffling furniture and calling it renovation. Mac Margolis,, "New U.S. sanctions on Cuba have a silver lining," 20 Aug. 2019 The bike race has been shuffling its identity ahead of its third year. Danika Worthington, The Know, "A square mile of downtown will be closed for festival ahead of Colorado Classic bike race," 13 Aug. 2019 And with the game shuffled so quickly from a seller to a buyer, Pink Gorilla's hands are washed clean of the scrutiny typically applied to retro carts' legitimacy and rarity. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "$13,000 NES cartridge found at the bottom of a Safeway sack," 8 Aug. 2019 Handlers are shuffling a rack holding a dozen or so of Plunkett and Sales’s favorite designs. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "How Romance Was Born Went From Passion Project to Australia’s Most Exciting Brand," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Think of this list as my summer mixtape, meant to be played on shuffle from now through the end of Labor Day to keep the Summer Scaries at bay. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appétit, "A Summer Mixtape," 25 July 2019 The leadership shuffle comes as President Trump continues to challenge norms that have governed civilian-military relations for decades and threatens to politicize an institution designed to be insulated from partisan fray. Washington Post, "Pentagon transition plan underscores leadership upheaval," 10 July 2019 Put the songs of your life on shuffle and the days are a little less long, the hours a little more pleasant. Eric Zorn,, "Music might someday unlock the mind's memories, so make your playlist now," 14 June 2019 True playlists are meant to be listened to in order, not on shuffle. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Leslie Kirchhoff, Ice Cube Artist, Shares 3 Spring Cocktail Recipes," 14 May 2019 Listen to Britney [Spears] on shuffle, always always always! Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "How To Get Chloë Grace Moretz's Bold Pink 2019 Met Gala Lip," 7 May 2019 Wilson-Raybould refused to overrule the prosecutor's decision and was demoted in a cabinet shuffle in January. NBC News, "Canada' s Trudeau accepts he breached ethics rules but refuses to apologize," 15 Aug. 2019 While Adebayo had shown consistent mid-range ability during his time in Las Vegas, the latest shuffle by USA Basketball showed a preference for the type of deeper shooting range that has become so essential in international play. Ira Winderman,, "Heat’s Bam Adebayo released from U.S. national team," 11 Aug. 2019 The Orioles have suffered most from their inability to keep games in reach during the middle innings, which necessitated an almost nonstop roster shuffle during the first half. Peter Schmuck,, "Orioles move into second half with room to grow and some interesting possibilities," 11 July 2019

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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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