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.
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Origin of shuffle
OTHER WORDS FROM shufflere·shuf·fle, verb re·shuf·fled, re·shuf·fling, nounun·shuf·fled, adjective
Words nearby shuffle
British Dictionary definitions for shuffle off (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for shuffle off (2 of 2)
Derived forms of shuffleshuffler, noun
Word Origin for shuffle
Idioms and Phrases with shuffle off
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]