riffle

[rif-uh l]

verb (used with or without object), rif·fled, rif·fling.

noun


Origin of riffle

1630–40; blend of ripple1 and ruffle1
Related formsun·rif·fled, adjective
Can be confusedriffle rifle
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British Dictionary definitions for riffle

riffle

verb

(when intr , often foll by through) to flick rapidly through (the pages of a book, magazine, etc), esp in a desultory manner
to shuffle (playing cards) by halving the pack and flicking the adjacent corners together
to make or become a riffle

noun

US and Canadian
  1. a rapid in a stream
  2. a rocky shoal causing a rapid
  3. a ripple on water
mining a contrivance on the bottom of a sluice, containing transverse grooves for trapping particles of gold
the act or an instance of riffling

Word Origin for riffle

C18: probably from ruffle 1, influenced by ripple 1
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Word Origin and History for riffle
v.

1754, "to make choppy water," American English, perhaps a variant of ruffle "make rough." The word meaning "shuffle" (cards) is first recorded 1894, probably echoic; hence that of "skim, leaf through quickly" (of papers, etc.) is from 1922. Related: Riffled; riffling.

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