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shuffling

[shuhf-ling] /ˈʃʌf lɪŋ/
adjective
1.
moving in a dragging or clumsy manner.
2.
prevaricating; evasive.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; shuffle + -ing2
Related forms
shufflingly, adverb

shuffle

[shuhf-uh l] /ˈʃʌf əl/
verb (used without object), shuffled, shuffling.
1.
to walk without lifting the feet or with clumsy steps and a shambling gait.
2.
to scrape the feet over the floor in dancing.
3.
to move clumsily (usually followed by into):
to shuffle into one's clothes.
4.
to act underhandedly or evasively with respect to a stated situation (often followed by in, into, or out of):
to shuffle out of one's responsibilities.
5.
to intermix so as to change the relative positions of cards in a pack.
verb (used with object), shuffled, shuffling.
6.
to move (one's feet) along the ground or floor without lifting them.
7.
to perform (a dance) with such movements.
8.
to move (an object or objects) this way and that.
9.
to put, thrust, or bring trickily, evasively, or haphazardly (usually followed by in, into, out, etc.):
to shuffle one's way into favor.
10.
to mix (cards in a pack) so as to change the relative positions.
11.
to jumble together, mix, or interchange the positions of (objects).
noun
12.
a scraping movement; dragging gait.
13.
an evasive trick; evasion.
14.
an act or instance of shuffling.
15.
Cards.
  1. a shuffling of cards in a pack.
  2. the right or turn to shuffle preparatory to dealing:
    You win the shuffle.
16.
a dance in which the feet are shuffled along the floor.
Verb phrases
17.
shuffle off,
  1. to thrust aside; get rid of.
  2. to move away by, or as if by, shuffling:
    They shuffled off to school with little enthusiasm.
Origin
1525-35; < Low German schuffeln to walk clumsily or with dragging feet, mix (cards); akin to shovel
Related forms
reshuffle, verb, reshuffled, reshuffling, noun
unshuffled, adjective
Synonyms
6. drag, scrape, scuff.
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Examples from the web for shuffling
  • Oppositely, the badness of a walk that is shuffling, and an utterance that is indistinct is alleged-Spencer.
  • The noise repeated itself-a pair of feet shuffling across the floor then stopping right at the other side of the bathroom door.
  • The rubric requires a lot of paper shuffling on my part.
  • Such shuffling, they think, may free up space in the hippocampus and increase its capacity for taking in something new.
  • The thought of shuffling off our mortal coil can make all of us a little squeamish.
  • The researchers then created novel songs by shuffling the notes around.
  • shuffling money around does nothing to address over spending.
  • What's happening is a merging, re-shuffling and refining of media categories and a broader choice of the way you access them.
  • He paced back and forth compulsively, shuffling along the same six-foot path for hours on end.
  • Such languages have been refined over the years to hide the complexities of shuffling information in and out of large databases.
British Dictionary definitions for shuffling

shuffle

/ˈʃʌfəl/
verb
1.
to walk or move (the feet) with a slow dragging motion
2.
to change the position of (something), esp quickly or in order to deceive others
3.
(transitive) to mix together in a careless manner: he shuffled the papers nervously
4.
to mix up (cards in a pack) to change their order
5.
(intransitive) to behave in an awkward, evasive, or underhand manner; equivocate
6.
when intr, often foll by into or out of. to move or cause to move clumsily: he shuffled out of the door
7.
(intransitive) to dance the shuffle
noun
8.
the act or an instance of shuffling
9.
a dance or dance step with short dragging movements of the feet
Derived Forms
shuffler, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from Low German schüffeln; see shove
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Word Origin and History for shuffling

shuffle

v.

1530s, put together hastily," probably from Middle English shovelen "to move with dragging feet," itself probably a frequentative form of shoven (see shove (v.)). Or perhaps from Low German schuffeln "to walk clumsily, deal dishonestly."

Of playing cards, first recorded 1560s. Meaning "walk slowly without lifting the feet" is from 1570s. Meaning "push along gradually" is from 1560s. Meaning "move from one place to another" is from 1690s. Meaning "do a shuffle dance" is from 1818. Related: Shuffled; shuffling. Shuffle off "get rid of, dispose of" is from Shakespeare (1601).

n.

1620s, "an evasion, trick;" 1640s, "a wavering or undecided course of behavior meant to deceive;" from shuffle (v.). Meaning "a slow, heavy, irregular manner of moving" is from 1847; that of "a dance in which the feet are shuffled" is from 1640s. Meaning "a change in the order of playing-cards" is from 1650s. Phrase lost in the shuffle is from 1930.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shuffling

shuffle

verb
  1. To have a gang fight; rumble (1960s+ Street gang)
  2. To behave in the stereotypical obsequious way of a black person in ''traditional'' race relations; tom: A lot of brothers and sisters died. So are we just going to shuffle and jive? (1880+ Black)
Related Terms

double shuffle


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