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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While many of us remember the days when it wasn’t required to shuffle past TSA agents in our socks, there’s already a significant portion of the population that simply don’t know air travel as anything else. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, 8 Sep. 2021 Council underwent surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, with Dr. James Andrews performing the procedure, and Auburn was forced to shuffle its personnel along the line for the remainder of the season. Tom Green |, al, 1 Sep. 2021 Vanity Fair reported earlier that the character of Val was going to be revealed first in Black Widow but was repurposed for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier when the pandemic forced Disney and Marvel to shuffle their phase 4 slate. Nick Romano,, 29 Apr. 2021 Injuries along their offensive line have forced the coaches to shuffle the lineup almost every week, and a nagging hamstring injury has kept fullback Derek Watt from being implemented more in the offense. Ray Fittipaldo,, 31 Oct. 2020 Crowds chat and shuffle around the convention hall. Andy Lin, Forbes, 25 June 2021 Perhaps attuned to that criticism, Disney’s Imagineers did more than shuffle Mr. Trump to a spot in the rear by Andrew Jackson. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2021 By varying pressure in the clutches, the Golf R can shuffle the left-right torque distribution to aid rotation. David Beard, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2021 Before getting your day started, take a few minutes to sit somewhere comfortable — like on a cushion or yoga mat — and shuffle your deck. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, 4 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The way feet shuffle, the way dishes are cleared and wine is poured. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 12 Sep. 2021 Mother and son shuffle between abject Boston neighborhoods, sometimes living in her car. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 23 Aug. 2021 Weinberg said it got lost in the shuffle of calling diners to cancel reservations. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Aug. 2021 The Los Angeles Dodgers seemingly shuffle players everywhere. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 5 Aug. 2021 Lowest Greenville is packed with interesting new restaurants right now, but Rye won’t get lost in the shuffle. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2021 But he generally was lost in the shuffle as Kyle Pitts, Kadarius Toney and Trevon Grimes, who combined for 33 touchdowns for UF’s high-octane attack. Edgar Thompson,, 17 Aug. 2021 Every tap, song start, playlist listen, search, shuffle, and pause is logged. Matt Burgess, Wired, 7 Aug. 2021 After dropping two out of three to the Yankees, the Red Sox shuffle off to Buffalo to face the Blue Jays in a three-game series at Sahlen Field., 19 July 2021

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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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The first known use of shuffle was in 1570

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18 Sep 2021

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“Shuffle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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