I. verb (shuffled; shuffling) Etymology: perhaps irregular from 1shove Date: 1570 transitive verb 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.


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