Definition of shambolic in English:


Syllabification: sham·bo·lic
Pronunciation: /SHamˈbälik


informal , chiefly British
  • Chaotic, disorganized, or mismanaged: the department’s shambolic accounting
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    • The zombies themselves are well-realised in the vein of George A Romero's classic monsters - as Pegg himself says, they're so shambolic and endearingly rubbish that you could spend and hour in a room just dodging one.
    • The result is admittedly shambolic at times but leaves the distinct feeling that, rather than listening to a jingle-laden radio show, you've popped round to a friend's house to listen to records that they like and think you might like.
    • It could be, perhaps, that the genre is still seen as monolithic and shambolic, Hildas in horn-hats and breastplates.


1970s: from shambles, probably on the pattern of symbolic.

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