Definition of shambolic in English:

shambolic

Line breaks: sham|bol¦ic
Pronunciation: /ʃamˈbɒlɪk
 
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adjective

informal , chiefly British
  • Chaotic, disorganized, or mismanaged: the department’s shambolic accounting
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    Synonyms
    chaotic, disorganized, muddled, confused, in (total) disarray, at sixes and sevens, unsystematic, haphazard, hit-or-miss, scrappy, fragmented, inefficient
    informal all over the place
    British informal all over the shop
    North American informal all over the map, all over the lot

Derivatives

shambolically

adverb
More example sentences
  • ‘Football is a shambolically run business,’ he says, ‘run by greedy and vain people who seem to act only in self-interest.’
  • Downing Street last night tried to gloss over Lord Butler's scathing, but tactfully phrased verdict on its shambolically informal style of government.
  • Sadly, it will be greeted with weary resignation by Swindonians, who have watched the authority lurch shambolically from one crisis to another in recent years.

Origin

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

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