Etymology: perhaps irregular from 1shove
1. to mix in a mass confusedly ; jumble
2. to put or thrust aside or under cover <shuffled the whole matter out of his mind> 3. a. to rearrange (as playing cards, dominoes, or tiles) to produce a random order b. to move about, back and forth, or from one place to another ; shift <shuffle funds among various accounts> 4. a. to move (as the feet) by sliding along or back and forth without lifting b. to perform (as a dance) with a dragging, sliding step intransitive verb 1. to work into or out of trickily <shuffled out of the difficulty> 2. to act or speak in a shifty or evasive manner 3. a. to move or walk in a sliding dragging manner without lifting the feet b. to dance in a lazy nonchalant manner with sliding and tapping motions of the feet c. to execute in a perfunctory or clumsy manner 4. to mix playing cards or counters by shuffling • shuffler noun II. noun Date: 1628 1. an evasion of the issue ; equivocation 2. a. an act of shuffling (as of cards) b. a right or turn to shuffle <it's your shuffle> c. a confusing jumble (as of papers or events) <lost in the shuffle> 3. a. a dragging sliding movement; specifically a sliding or scraping step in dancing b. a dance characterized by such a step c. (1) a rhythm where each beat of the measure is played as a triplet with the first and second parts of the triplet tied and the third part accented (2) music played in a shuffle rhythm
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.