from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To slide (the feet) along the floor or ground while walking.
  • transitive v. To move (something) from one place to another; transfer or shift.
  • transitive v. To put aside or under cover quickly; shunt: shuffled the bill under a pile of junk mail.
  • transitive v. To mix together; jumble.
  • transitive v. To mix together (playing cards or tiles, for example) so as to make a random order of arrangement.
  • intransitive v. To move with short sliding steps, without or barely lifting the feet: The crowd shuffled out of the theater.
  • intransitive v. To dance casually with sliding and tapping steps.
  • intransitive v. To move about from place to place; shift: shuffled around looking for work.
  • intransitive v. To act in a shifty or deceitful manner; equivocate.
  • intransitive v. Games To mix playing cards, tiles, or dominoes together so as to make their order random.
  • n. A short sliding step or movement, or a walk characterized by such steps.
  • n. A dance in which the feet slide along or move close to the floor.
  • n. An evasive or deceitful action; an equivocation.
  • n. A confused mixture; a jumble.
  • n. Games An act of shuffling cards, dominoes, or tiles.
  • n. Games A player's right or turn to do this.
  • shuffle off To get rid of; dispose of.
  • shuffle off To evade or shirk (a responsibility, for example).
  • shuffle off Informal To leave; depart.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of shuffling cards.
  • n. An instance of walking without lifting one's feet.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A trick; an artifice; an evasion.
  • v. To put in a random order.
  • v. To walk or dance without picking up one's feet
  • v. To change; modify the order of something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of shuffling; a mixing confusedly; a slovenly, dragging motion.
  • n. A trick; an artifice; an evasion.
  • intransitive v. To change the relative position of cards in a pack.
  • intransitive v. To change one's position; to shift ground; to evade questions; to resort to equivocation; to prevaricate.
  • intransitive v. To use arts or expedients; to make shift.
  • intransitive v. To move in a slovenly, dragging manner; to drag or scrape the feet in walking or dancing.
  • transitive v. To shove one way and the other; to push from one to another.
  • transitive v. To mix by pushing or shoving; to confuse; to throw into disorder; especially, to change the relative positions of, as of the cards in a pack.
  • transitive v. To remove or introduce by artificial confusion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shove little by little; push along gradually from place to place; hence, to pass from one to another: as, to shuffle money from hand to hand.
  • Specifically, to change the relative positions of (cards in a pack).
  • To thrust carelessly or at random; change by pushing from place to place; hence, to confuse; mix; intermingle.
  • To put or bring (in, off, out, up, etc.) under cover of disorder, or in a confused, irregular, or tricky way.
  • To drag with a slovenly, scraping movement; move with a shuffle.
  • To perform with a shuffle.
  • To push; shove; thrust one's self forward.
  • To mix up cards in a pack, changing their positions so that they may fall to the players in irregular and unknown order. Compare I., 2.
  • To move little by little; shift gradually; shift.
  • To shift to and fro in conduct; act undecidedly or evasively; hence, to equivocate; prevaricate; practise dishonest shifts.
  • To move in a slow, irregular, lumbering fashion; drag clumsily or heavily along a surface; especially, to walk with a slovenly, dragging, or scraping gait.
  • To shove the feet noisily to and fro on the floor or ground; specifically, to scrape the floor with the feet in dancing.
  • To proceed awkwardly or with difficulty; struggle clumsily or perfunctorily.
  • Synonyms To equivocate, quibble, sophisticate, dodge.
  • n. A shoving or pushing; particularly, a thrusting out of place or order; a change producing disorder.
  • n. Specifically, a changing of the order of cards in a pack so that they may not fall to the players in known or preconcerted order. See shuffle, v. t., 2.
  • n. The right or turn of shuffling or mixing the cards: as, whose shuffle is it?
  • n. A varying or undecided course of behavior, usually for the purpose of deceiving; equivocation; evasion; artifice.
  • n. A slow, heavy, irregular manner of moving; an awkward, dragging gait.
  • n. In dancing, a rapid scraping movement of the feet; also, a dance in which the feet are shuffled alternately over the floor at regular intervals. The double shuffle differs from the shuffle in each movement being executed twice in succession with the same foot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move about, move back and forth
  • v. walk by dragging one's feet
  • n. walking with a slow dragging motion without lifting your feet
  • v. mix so as to make a random order or arrangement
  • n. the act of mixing cards haphazardly


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English shovelen, probably of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German origin.



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