[shuhf-uh l-bawrd, -bohrd]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shuffleboard

Contemporary Examples of shuffleboard

Historical Examples of shuffleboard

  • 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

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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