• IPA: /ˈʃʌfl̩ɪŋ/
  1. present participle of shuffle#English|shuffle

shuffling (plural shufflings)

  1. The act or motion of one who shuffles.
    • 2000, Alan Bennett, Writing Home
      Jane Gibson taught the cast the movements of the various creatures they were representing: the linear shufflings of the hedgehogs, the dozy lollopings of the rabbits, the sinuous dartings of the weasel and so on.
  2. The noise created by something moving about.
    • 2011, John O'Loughlin, Two Sides of the Same Coin
      He would also have been exposed to the coughings and shufflings, comings and goings, questions and answers, wailings and slammings, snivellings and sneezings, etc., which figured so prominently in the reference room […]
  3. (dated) trickery
    • , Rudyard Kipling, Puck of Pook's Hill
      Then he warmed to it, and smoothly set out all his shifts, malices, and treacheries, his extreme boldnesses (he was desperate bold); his retreats, shufflings, and counterfeitings (he was also inconceivably a coward) […]


  1. Moving with a dragging, scraping step.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, 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 III, scene i]:
      This world I do renounce, and in your sights / Shake patiently my great affliction off.
  2. evasive
    • a shuffling excuse

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