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shambolic

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adjective sham·bol·ic \sham-ˈbä-lik\

Simple Definition of shambolic

  • : very messy or disorganized

Full Definition of shambolic

chiefly British

  1. :  obviously disorganized or confused

Examples of shambolic

  1. a shambolic system of public transportation



Origin of shambolic

probably from shambles


First Known Use: 1970


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