- IPA: /ˈʃʌfəl/
shuffle (plural shuffles)
- The act of shuffling cards.
- He made a real mess of the last shuffle.
- The act of reordering anything, such as music tracks in a media player.
- An instance of walking without lifting one's feet.
- The sad young girl left with a tired shuffle.
- (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.
- A trick; an artifice; an evasion.
- The gifts of nature are beyond all shame and shuffles.
- French: battage
- German: Mischen, Mischeln (southern Germany)
- Portuguese: embaralhamento, baralhar
- Russian: тасова́ние
- Spanish: barajar
shuffle (shuffles, present participle shuffling; past and past participle shuffled)
- (ambitransitive) To put in a random order.
- Don't forget to shuffle the cards.
- You shuffle, and I'll deal.
- The data packets are shuffled before transmission.
- I'm going to shuffle all the songs in my playlist.
- To change; modify the order of something.
- (ambitransitive) 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.
- To change one's position; to shift ground; to evade questions; to resort to equivocation; to prevaricate.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii]:
- I myself, […] hiding mine honour in my necessity, am fain to shuffle.
- To use arts or expedients; to make shift.
- 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene v]:
- Your life, good master, / Must shuffle for itself.
- To shove one way and the other; to push from one to another.
- to shuffle money from hand to hand
- To remove or introduce by artificial confusion.
- It was contrived by your enemies, and shuffled into the papers that were seiz'd.
- (walk without picking up one's feet) shamble
- French: battre, mélanger
- German: mischen, mischeln (southern Germany)
- Italian: mescolare, mischiare
- Portuguese: embaralhar, baralhar
- Russian: тасова́ть
- Spanish: mezclar, barajear, barajar
- French: traîner les pieds
- German: schlurfen
- Italian: strascicare, trascinarsi
- Portuguese: arrastar os pés
- Russian: ша́ркать
- Spanish: arrastrar, arrastrar los pies