Definition of shamble in English:

shamble

Line breaks: sham¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈʃamb(ə)l
 
/

verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction]

noun

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  • A slow, shuffling, awkward gait: he adopted a humorous apelike shamble
    More example sentences
    • Fans are used to Young's laid-back stage presence, the hunched shoulders, eyes often masked by cap or hat, the trademark shamble and lurch.
    • After two minutes of stumbling, the song switches gears, grinding against itself before going for a brief jaunt, and then concluding with a reprisal of the introductory shamble.
    • It began its slow shamble towards the car, ignoring the headlights that cut through the fog in front of it and shone in its eyes.

Derivatives

shambly

adjective
More example sentences
  • There I found Hungarian family entertainment at its height at the shambly 19th century Szechenyi baths.

Origin

late 16th century: probably from dialect shamble 'ungainly', perhaps from the phrase shamble legs, with reference to the legs of trestle tables (such as would be used in a meat market: see shambles).

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