Definition of shuffle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    shuffle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈʃʌfl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌfl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shuffle
    BrE BrE//ˈʃʌfl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌfl//
     
    he / she / it shuffles
    BrE BrE//ˈʃʌflz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌflz//
     
    past simple shuffled
    BrE BrE//ˈʃʌfld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌfld//
     
    past participle shuffled
    BrE BrE//ˈʃʌfld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌfld//
     
    -ing form shuffling
    BrE BrE//ˈʃʌflɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌflɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. to walk slowly without lifting your feet completely off the ground. He shuffled across the room to the window. The line shuffled forward a little.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] shuffle (something) to move from one foot to another; to move your feet in an awkward or embarrassed way Jenny shuffled her feet and blushed with shame.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] shuffle (something) to mix cards up in a pack / deck of playing cards before playing a game Shuffle the cards and deal out seven to each player. Wordfinderace, card, cut, deal, gambling, hand, jack, shuffle, suit, trump See related entries: Card games
  4. 4[transitive] shuffle something to move paper or things into different positions or a different order I shuffled the documents on my desk.
  5. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: perhaps from Low German schuffeln ‘walk clumsily’, also ‘deal dishonestly, shuffle (cards)’, of Germanic origin; related to shove and scuffle.Extra examples Simon shuffled awkwardly towards them. Simon shuffled awkwardly up to them. The boys shuffled around uncomfortably. The crowd shuffled slowly forward. Don’t worry, I should be able to shuffle some of the classes around. He nervously shuffled the papers on his desk. I shuffled the deck, then pulled a card out from the middle. She shuffled her feet nervously. She spent her day shuffling around the streets of London. The man shuffled off into the night.
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