Origin of shuffle

1525–35; < Low German schuffeln to walk clumsily or with dragging feet, mix (cards); akin to shovel
Related formsre·shuf·fle, verb re·shuf·fled, re·shuf·fling, nounun·shuf·fled, adjective

Synonyms for shuffle

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British Dictionary definitions for shuffle off

shuffle off

verb

(tr, adverb) to thrust off or put asideshuffle off responsibility

shuffle

verb

to walk or move (the feet) with a slow dragging motion
to change the position of (something), esp quickly or in order to deceive others
(tr) to mix together in a careless mannerhe shuffled the papers nervously
to mix up (cards in a pack) to change their order
(intr) to behave in an awkward, evasive, or underhand manner; equivocate
(when intr, often foll by into or out of) to move or cause to move clumsilyhe shuffled out of the door
(intr) to dance the shuffle

noun

the act or an instance of shuffling
a dance or dance step with short dragging movements of the feet
Derived Formsshuffler, noun

Word Origin for shuffle

C16: probably from Low German schüffeln; see shove
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Word Origin and History for shuffle off

shuffle

v.

1530s, put together hastily," probably from Middle English shovelen "to move with dragging feet," itself probably a frequentative form of shoven (see shove (v.)). Or perhaps from Low German schuffeln "to walk clumsily, deal dishonestly."

Of playing cards, first recorded 1560s. Meaning "walk slowly without lifting the feet" is from 1570s. Meaning "push along gradually" is from 1560s. Meaning "move from one place to another" is from 1690s. Meaning "do a shuffle dance" is from 1818. Related: Shuffled; shuffling. Shuffle off "get rid of, dispose of" is from Shakespeare (1601).

shuffle

n.

1620s, "an evasion, trick;" 1640s, "a wavering or undecided course of behavior meant to deceive;" from shuffle (v.). Meaning "a slow, heavy, irregular manner of moving" is from 1847; that of "a dance in which the feet are shuffled" is from 1640s. Meaning "a change in the order of playing-cards" is from 1650s. Phrase lost in the shuffle is from 1930.

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Idioms and Phrases with shuffle off

shuffle off

1

Get rid of, act evasively, as in They've tried to shuffle off public inquiries about the safety of their planes. This usage, dating from about 1600, also appears in the oft-quoted shuffle off this mortal coil, from Shakespeare's Hamlet (3:1), where it means “become freed from the turmoil of life,” that is, “die.”

2

Move away reluctantly, dragging one's feet, as in The prisoners shuffled off to their work detail. [Late 1500s]

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