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shuffle (plural shuffles)
- The act of shuffling cards.
- He made a real mess of the last shuffle.
- The act of reordering anything, such as music tracks in a media player.
- An instance of walking without lifting one's feet.
- The sad young girl left with a tired shuffle.
- (by extension, music) A rhythm commonly used in blues music. Consists of a series of triplet notes with the middle note missing, so that it sounds like a long note followed by a short note. Sounds like a walker dragging one foot.
- (dance) A dance move in which the foot is scuffed across the floor back and forth.
- A trick; an artifice; an evasion.
- 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “ (please specify the fable number.) (please specify the name of the fable.)”, in Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: […], London: […] R[ichard] Sare, […], →OCLC:
- The Gifts of Nature are beyond all the Shams and Shuffles in the World.
- 1995, Mel Kernahan, White savages in the South Seas, Verso, page 113:
- As I lay there listening to the strange night sounds, I hear the shuffle of someone creeping by outside in the grass.
- 2003, Edmund G. Bansak, Robert Wise, Fearing the Dark: The Val Lewton Career, McFarland, page 394:
- She has a crippled leg, and every time she walks we hear the shuffle of her crinoline skirt and the thumping of her cane.
- 2008, Markus Zusak, The Book Thief, Pan Macmillan Australia, page 148:
- Around her, she could hear the shuffle of her own hands, disturbing the shelves.
act of shuffling cards
instance of walking without lifting one's feet
- (transitive, intransitive) To put in a random order.
- Don't forget to shuffle the cards.
- You shuffle, and I'll deal.
- The data packets are shuffled before transmission.
- I'm going to shuffle all the songs in my playlist.
- To change; modify the order of something.
- (transitive, intransitive) To move in a slovenly, dragging manner; to drag or scrape the feet in walking or dancing.
- He shuffled out of the room.
- I shuffled my feet in embarrassment.
- 1954, Alexander Alderson, chapter 4, in The Subtle Minotaur:
- Even when the other instruments were resting the pianist kept up his monotonous vamping, with a dreary furbelow for embellishment here and there, to which some few of the dancers continued to shuffle round the floor.
- To change one's position; to shift ground; to evade questions; to resort to equivocation; to prevaricate.
- c. 1597 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wiues of Windsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene ii]:
- I myself, […] hiding mine honour in my necessity, am fain to shuffle.
- To use arts or expedients; to make shift.
- 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene v]:
- Your life, good master, / Must shuffle for itself.
- To shove one way and the other; to push from one to another.
- to shuffle money from hand to hand
- To remove or introduce by artificial confusion.
- 1682, [John Dryden], “Epistle to the Whigs”, in The Medall. A Satyre Against Sedition. […], Edinburgh: [s.n.], →OCLC:
- Therefore you do vvell to have recourſe to your laſt Evaſion, that it vvas contriv'd by your Enemies, and ſhuffled into the Papers that vvere ſeiz'd: vvhich yet you ſee the Nation is not ſo eaſy to believe as your ovvn Fury; […]
- (walk without picking up one's feet): shamble
to put in a random order
to walk without picking up one's feet
- to shuffle (including dancing the shuffle, playing shuffleboard)
- “shuffle_2” in Det Norske Akademis ordbok (NAOB).