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

Definition of shambolic in English:

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
British informalall over the shop
North American informalall over the map, all over the lot

Derivatives

shambolically

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adverb
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.

Words that rhyme with shambolic

alcoholic, anabolic, apostolic, bucolic, carbolic, chocoholic, colic, diabolic, embolic, frolic, hydraulic, hyperbolic, melancholic, metabolic, parabolic, rollick, shopaholic, symbolic, vitriolic, workaholic

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