• Shuffle


    • Rhymes: -ÊŒfÉ™l


    Originally the same word as scuffle, and properly a frequentative of shove.

    Full definition of shuffle



    (plural shuffles)
    1. The act of shuffling cards.He made a real mess of the last shuffle.
    2. An instance of walking without lifting one's feet.''The sad young girl left with a tired shuffle.
    3. (by extension, music) A rhythm commonly used in blues music. Consists of a series of triplet notes with the middle note missing, so that it sounds like a long note followed by a short note. Sounds like a walker dragging one foot.
    4. A trick; an artifice; an evasion.The gifts of nature are beyond all shame and shuffles. — L'Estrange.

    Derived terms


    1. To put in a random order.Don't forget to shuffle the cards.You shuffle, I'll deal.The data packets are shuffled before transmission.I'm going to shuffle all the songs in my playlist.
    2. To move in a slovenly, dragging manner; to drag or scrape the feet in walking or dancing.He shuffled out of the room.I shuffled my feet in embarrassment.
      • KeatsThe aged creature came
        Shuffling along with ivory-headed wand.
      • 1954, Alexander Alderson, The Subtle Minotaur Chapter 4, The band played ceaselessly. Even when the other instruments were resting the pianist kept up his monotonous vamping, with a dreary furbelow for embellishment here and there, to which some few of the dancers continued to shuffle round the floor.
    3. To change; modify the order of something.
      • 2010, December 28, Marc Vesty, Stoke 0 - 2 Fulham, But, rather than make a change up front, Hughes shuffled his defence for this match, replacing Carlos Salcido with Baird, in a move which few would have predicted would prove decisive.
    4. To change one's position; to shift ground; to evade questions; to resort to equivocation; to prevaricate.
      • ShakespeareI myself, ... hiding mine honour in my necessity, am fain to shuffle.
    5. To use arts or expedients; to make shift.
      • ShakespeareYour life, good master,
        Must shuffle for itself.
    6. To shove one way and the other; to push from one to another.to shuffle money from hand to hand
    7. To remove or introduce by artificial confusion.
      • DrydenIt was contrived by your enemies, and shuffled into the papers that were seiz'd.


    • (walk without picking up one's feet) shamble
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