shuffle

To shuffle is to drag your feet slowly along the ground as you walk. A kid might shuffle reluctantly off to his room only after being told five times that it's bedtime.

Shuffle also means to wiggle around, like if you shuffle uncomfortably in your seat while watching a five-hour movie. If you get lost in the shuffle, you’re lost in the crowd. Another way to use shuffle is to mean "mix up in a random way," as you do with a deck of cards before dealing a hand. Shuffle probably comes from the Low German word schuffeln, which means both "to walk clumsily" and "to deal dishonestly."

Definitions of shuffle
  1. verb
    walk by dragging one's feet
    “he shuffled out of the room”
    “We heard his feet shuffling down the hall”
    synonyms: scuffle, shamble
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    types:
    drag, scuff
    walk without lifting the feet
    type of:
    walk
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  2. noun
    walking with a slow dragging motion without lifting your feet
    synonyms: shamble, shambling, shuffling
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    type of:
    walk, walking
    the act of traveling by foot
  3. verb
    move about, move back and forth
    “He shuffled his funds among different accounts in various countries so as to avoid the IRS”
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    type of:
    shift, transfer
    move around
  4. verb
    mix so as to make a random order or arrangement
    shuffle the cards”
    synonyms: mix, ruffle
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    types:
    reshuffle
    shuffle again
    riffle
    shuffle (playing cards) by separating the deck into two parts and riffling with the thumbs so the cards intermix
    cut
    divide a deck of cards at random into two parts to make selection difficult
    type of:
    manipulate
    hold something in one's hands and move it
  5. noun
    the act of mixing cards haphazardly
    synonyms: make, shuffling
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    types:
    reshuffle, reshuffling
    shuffling again
    riffle
    shuffling by splitting the pack and interweaving the two halves at their corners
    type of:
    reordering
    a rearrangement in a different order
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