Word of the Day: shuffle

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March 7, 2016
shuffle (verb, noun)
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Shuffling cards
To shuffle means 'to walk without lifting your feet,' or 'to drag your feet along the ground, as in dancing.' It also means 'to rearrange things randomly,' or 'to mix playing cards.' As a noun, a shuffle is a dragging movement, the action of rearranging or mixing things, or a type of dance or piece of music.


Example sentences


"Pick your feet up and stop shuffling!" the mother told her little boy.
The dancers shuffled their feet to the music.
If you shuffle things around a bit in the cabinet, you should be able to fit everything in.
At the casino, the dealer shuffled the deck before dealing five cards to each player.
Simon approached the teacher reluctantly with an awkward shuffle of his feet.
Gita gave the cards a shuffle.
The band was playing a shuffle when we arrived.


Words often used with shuffle
shuffle through something: look through things. Example: "Partha shuffled through the papers on his desk to see if there were any important documents there."
shuffle some of it off: get rid of something, give something to someone else: "There was too much work, so the boss tried to shuffle some of it off."
Multi-word forms
get lost in the shuffle (US, informal): be overlooked or ignored. Example: "The trouble with the education system is the teachers don't have enough time and sometimes kids who are struggling get lost in the shuffle."
Did you know?
We often use the term "on shuffle" when talking about music. If you have an album or playlist (a list of songs on your computer, phone, etc.), you can listen to the songs in the order that they are listed, or "on shuffle." This means that the songs are shuffled and will be played in a random order, and it is a very common expression among English speakers. Example: "Alex made a playlist for the party and then put the music player on shuffle, so he never knew which song would be next."
Other forms
shuffler (noun)
Shuffle dates back to the early 16th century and comes from the Low German word schuffeln, meaning 'to walk clumsily or with dragging feet' or 'to mix cards.'
Shuffle in other languages
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