verb (used without object), shuf·fled, shuf·fling.
verb (used with object), shuf·fled, shuf·fling.
- a shuffling of cards in a pack.
- the right or turn to shuffle preparatory to dealing: You win the shuffle.
- to thrust aside; get rid of.
- to move away by, or as if by, shuffling: They shuffled off to school with little enthusiasm.
Origin of shuffle
Synonyms for shuffle
Related Words for shuffle offdodge, avert, sidestep, evade, bypass, escape, shun, hinder, prevent, thwart, counter, elude, frustrate, nullify, curb, shy, jump, abstain, hide, shake
Word Origin for shuffle
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).
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.
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.”
Move away reluctantly, dragging one's feet, as in The prisoners shuffled off to their work detail. [Late 1500s]