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."

Primary Meanings of shuffle

1.
vn
walk by dragging one's feet
walking with a slow dragging motion without lifting your feet
2.
vn
mix so as to make a random order or arrangement
the act of mixing cards haphazardly
Full Definitions of shuffle
1

v walk by dragging one's feet

“he shuffled out of the room”
“We heard his feet shuffling down the hall”
Synonyms:
scuffle, shamble
Types:
drag, scuff
walk without lifting the feet
Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

n walking with a slow dragging motion without lifting your feet

Synonyms:
shamble, shambling, shuffling
Type of:
walk, walking
the act of traveling by foot

v move about, move back and forth

“He shuffled his funds among different accounts in various countries so as to avoid the IRS”
Type of:
shift, transfer
move around
2

v mix so as to make a random order or arrangement

shuffle the cards”
Synonyms:
mix, ruffle
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

n the act of mixing cards haphazardly

Synonyms:
make, shuffling
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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