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shuffle (ˈʃʌfəl )


transitive verb

Word forms:  ˈshuffled,  ˈshuffling
    1. to move (the feet) with a dragging or shoving gait
    2. to perform (a dance) with such steps
  1. to mix (playing cards) so as to change their order or arrangement
  2. to push or mix together in a jumbled or disordered mass
  3. to shift (things) about from one place to another
  4. to bring, put, or thrust (into or out of) clumsily or trickily

intransitive verb

  1. to move by dragging or scraping the feet, as in walking or dancing
  2. to get (into or out of a situation or condition) by trickery, evasion, lies, etc.
  3. to act in a shifty, dishonest manner; practice deceit, trickery, evasion, etc.
  4. to change or shift repeatedly from one position or place to another
  5. to shuffle playing cards
  6. to move clumsily (into or out of clothing)


  1. the act of shuffling
  2. a tricky or deceptive action; evasion; trick
    1. a shuffling of the feet
    2. a gait, dance, etc. characterized by this
    1. the act of shuffling playing cards
    2. the right of, or one's turn at, shuffling the cards

See shuffle off

Derived Forms

ˈshuffler noun

Word Origin

Early ModE, prob. < or akin to LowG schuffeln, to walk clumsily, shuffle cards < base of shove


View thesaurus entry
= scuffle, drag, scrape, shamble
= rearrange, disarrange, disorder, jumble, mix

Translations for 'shuffle'

  • American English: shuffle If you shuffle somewhere, you walk there without lifting your feet properly off the ground.Moira shuffled across the kitchen. shuffles, shuffling, shuffled
  • Arabic: يَجُرُّ رِجْلَيْه
  • Brazilian Portuguese: arrastar os pés
  • Chinese: 拖曳
  • Croatian: vući se
  • Czech: šourat se
  • Danish: sjokke
  • Dutch: schuifelen
  • European Spanish: arrastrar los pies
  • Finnish: laahustaa
  • French: se traîner
  • German: schlurfen
  • Greek: σέρνω τα πόδια μου
  • Italian: mescolare
  • Japanese: 足をひきずって歩く
  • Korean: 발을 끌며 걷다
  • Norwegian: slepe
  • Polish: przestawić przestawiać
  • Portuguese: arrastar os pés
  • Romanian: a târșâi
  • Russian: шаркать
  • Spanish: arrastrar los pies
  • Swedish: blanda
  • Thai: เดินลากเท้า
  • Turkish: ayaklarını sürüyerek yürümek
  • Ukrainian: човгати
  • Vietnamese: lê bước

Example Sentences Including 'shuffle'

A foot on the death road, a quick shuffle backwards, her dance wearies us.
Erdrich, Louise The Bingo Palace (1994)


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