What does shuffle mean?

Definitions for shuffle
ˈʃʌf əlshuf·fle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shuffle, shuffling, makenoun

    the act of mixing cards haphazardly

  2. shamble, shambling, shuffle, shufflingverb

    walking with a slow dragging motion without lifting your feet

    "from his shambling I assumed he was very old"

  3. shuffle, scuffle, shambleverb

    walk by dragging one's feet

    "he shuffled out of the room"; "We heard his feet shuffling down the hall"

  4. shuffleverb

    move about, move back and forth

    "He shuffled his funds among different accounts in various countries so as to avoid the IRS"

  5. shuffle, ruffle, mixverb

    mix so as to make a random order or arrangement

    "shuffle the cards"


  1. shufflenoun

    The act of shuffling cards.

    He made a real mess of the last shuffle.

  2. shufflenoun

    An instance of walking without lifting one's feet.

    The sad young girl left with a tired shuffle.

  3. shufflenoun

    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. shufflenoun

    A trick; an artifice; an evasion.

    The gifts of nature are beyond all shame and shuffles. uE000157462uE001 L'Estrange.

  5. shuffleverb

    To put in a random order.

  6. shuffleverb

    To walk without picking up one's feet

  7. shuffleverb

    To change; modify the order of something.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shufflenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Is it not a firmer foundation for contentment, to believe that all things were at first created, and are continually disposed for the best, than that the whole universe is mere bungling, nothing effected for any purpose, but all ill-favouredly cobled and jumbled together, by the unguided agitation and rude shuffles of matter. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    The gifts of nature are beyond all shams and shuffles. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To Shuffleverb

    Etymology: syfeling , Saxon, a bustle, a tumult.

    When the heavens shuffle all in one,
    The torrid, with the frozen zone,
    Then, sybil, thou and I will greet. John Cleveland.

    From a new shuffling and disposition of the component particles of a body, might not nature compose a body dissoluble in water. Boyle.

    In most things good and evil lie shuffled, and thrust up together in a confused heap; and it is study which must draw them forth and range them. Robert South, Sermons.

    When lots are shuffled together in a lap or pitcher, what reason can a man have to presume, that he shall draw a white stone rather than a black. Robert South, Sermons.

    A glimpse of moonshine sheath’d with red,
    A shuffled, sullen and uncertain light
    That dances thro’ the clouds and shuts again. Dryden.

    Children should not lose the consideration of human nature in the shufflings of outward conditions. The more they have, the better humoured they should be taught to be. John Locke.

    We shall in vain, shuffling the little money we have from one another’s hands, endeavour to prevent our wants; decay of trade will quickly waste all the remainder. John Locke.

    These vapours soon, miraculous event,
    Shuffl’d by chance, and mix’d by accident. Richard Blackmore.

    Shuffl’d and entangl’d in their race,
    They clasp each other. Richard Blackmore.

    He has shuffled the two ends of the sentence together, and by taking out the middle, makes it speak just as he would have it. Francis Atterbury.

    ’Tis in no wise strange that such a one should believe, that things were blindly shuffled and hurled about in the world; that the elements were at constant strife with each other. Wood.

    I can no other answer make, but thanks;
    And oft good turns
    Are shuffled off with such uncurrent pay. William Shakespeare.

    Her mother,
    Now firm for doctor Caius, hath appointed
    That he shall likewise shuffle her away. William Shakespeare.

    If any thing hits, we take it to ourselves; if it miscarries, we shuffle it off to our neighbours. Roger L'Estrange.

    It was contrived by your enemies, and shuffled into the papers that were seiz’d. Dryden.

    If, when a child is questioned for any thing, he persists to shuffle it off with a falshood, he must be chastised. John Locke.

    In that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause. William Shakespeare.

    The motions of shuffling of cards or casting of dice, are very light. Francis Bacon.

    We sure in vain the cards condemn,
    Ourselves both cut and shuffl’d them. Matthew Prior.

    They sent forth their precepts to convent them before a court of commission, and there used to shuffle up a summary proceeding by examination, without trial of jury. Francis Bacon.

    He shuffled up a peace with the cedar, in which the Bumelians were excluded. James Howell.

  3. To Shuffleverb

    A sharper both shuffles and cuts. Roger L'Estrange.

    Cards we play
    A round or two, when us’d, we throw away,
    Take a fresh pack, nor is it worth our grieving
    Who cuts or shuffles with our dirty leaving. George Granville.

    I myself, leaving the fear of heaven on the left hand, and hiding mine honour in my necessity, am fain to shuffle. William Shakespeare.

    I have nought to do with that shuffling sect, that doubt eternally, and question all things. Joseph Glanvill, Defence.

    The crab advised his companion to give over shuffling and doubling, and practise good faith. Roger L'Estrange.

    It is an unhappiness that children should be so much addicted to the humour of shuffling. Roger L'Estrange.

    If a steward be suffered to run on, without bringing him to a reckoning, such a sottish forbearance will teach him to shuffle, and strongly tempt him to be a cheat. South.

    To these arguments concerning the novelty of the earth, there are some shuffling excuses made. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Tho’ he durst not directly break his appointment, he made many a shuffling excuse. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of John Bull.

    Your life, good master,
    Must shuffle for itself. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Mincing poetry,
    ’Tis like the forc’d gait of a shuffling nag. William Shakespeare.


  1. shuffle

    Shuffling is a procedure used to randomize a deck of playing cards to provide an element of chance in card games. Shuffling is often followed by a cut, to help ensure that the shuffler has not manipulated the outcome.


  1. shuffle

    Shuffle refers to the act of rearranging or mixing up the order of items in a set, most commonly used in the context of shuffling a deck of cards. It can also refer to a type of disordered, sliding movement, such as a shuffle in dance. In the context of music or digital media, shuffle can refer to the act of playing songs or files in a random order.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shuffleverb

    to shove one way and the other; to push from one to another; as, to shuffle money from hand to hand

  2. Shuffleverb

    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

  3. Shuffleverb

    to remove or introduce by artificial confusion

  4. Shuffleverb

    to change the relative position of cards in a pack; as, to shuffle and cut

  5. Shuffleverb

    to change one's position; to shift ground; to evade questions; to resort to equivocation; to prevaricate

  6. Shuffleverb

    to use arts or expedients; to make shift

  7. Shuffleverb

    to move in a slovenly, dragging manner; to drag or scrape the feet in walking or dancing

  8. Shufflenoun

    the act of shuffling; a mixing confusedly; a slovenly, dragging motion

  9. Shufflenoun

    a trick; an artifice; an evasion

  10. Etymology: [Originally the same word as scuffle, and properly a freq. of shove. See Shove, and Scuffle.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shuffle

    shuf′l, v.t. to change the positions of: to confuse: to remove or introduce by purposed confusion.—v.i. to change the order of cards in a pack: to shift ground: to evade fair questions: to move by shoving the feet along.—n. act of shuffling: an evasion or artifice.—n. Shuff′ler.—p.adj. Shuff′ling, evasive, as an excuse.—adv. Shuff′lingly, in a shuffling manner: with an irregular gait: evasively.—To shuffle off, to thrust aside, put off. [A by-form of scuffle, thus conn. with shove and shovel.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shuffle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shuffle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of shuffle in a Sentence

  1. Tallulah Bankhead:

    Let's not quibble! I'm the foe of moderation, the champion of excess. If I may lift a line from a die-hard whose identity is lost in the shuffle, I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.

  2. A. J. Toynbee:

    As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is up to us.

  3. Donovan Mitchell:

    For me, personally, it’s just something that I wanted to accomplish, it’s not the end goal, but it’s definitely something to appreciate along the way. We did what we’re supposed to do, but at the end of the day you’ve got to appreciate where you’re at, too, because it can get lost in the shuffle of everything.

  4. Scott Snyder:

    Dialogue, pressure and deterrence, or military measures -- it's really just a question of how the Trump administration is going to shuffle the deck they inherited.

  5. Khaleel McGhee-Bey:

    Maybe it got lost in the shuffle somewhere.

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