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[shuhf-uh l-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈʃʌf əlˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a game in which standing players shove or push wooden or plastic disks with a long cue toward numbered scoring sections marked on a floor or deck.
the board or marked surface, as on a floor or deck, on which this game is played.
Origin of shuffleboard
First recorded in 1525-35; alteration of earlier shove board Unabridged
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  • It is a mixture of "hop-scotch" and shuffleboard played with a crutch.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • I must have my morning game of shuffleboard with the captain.

    Mysterious Mr. Sabin E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • On the hurricane deck, aft, a sailor was chalking a shuffleboard court.

    Where the Blue Begins Christopher Morley
  • No boy could have been more interested in winning the shuffleboard game than he.

    The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine
  • He walked away and was challenged by the Doctor to a game of shuffleboard.

    A Millionaire of Yesterday E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • In the sunniest corner of the promenade-deck a quartermaster had laid the numbered squares of a shuffleboard.

  • We steered our course around a group of people who were disputing, in Wabash tones, over a game of shuffleboard.

    Amazing Grace Kate Trimble Sharber
  • Played at shuffleboard which is done by sliding circular boards upon nine squares with figures making 15 each way.

  • At such a time there is much playing of shuffleboard upon deck, and the matches do not always end harmoniously.

British Dictionary definitions for shuffleboard


a game in which players push wooden or plastic discs with a long cue towards numbered scoring sections marked on a floor, esp a ship's deck
the marked area on which this game is played
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Word Origin and History for shuffleboard

1530s, shovillaborde "shovel board," an unexplained alteration of shove-board (1520s), from shove (v.) + board (n.1). Originally a tabletop game (c.1600), the large-scale version (1877) was invented for play on ocean liners.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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