sham·​ble | \ ˈsham-bəl How to pronounce shamble (audio) \
shambled; shambling\ ˈsham-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce shamble (audio) \

Definition of shamble

intransitive verb

: to walk awkwardly with dragging feet : shuffle

Other Words from shamble

shamble noun

Examples of shamble in a Sentence

He shambled into the room. disconsolate and exhausted after losing the match, the wrestler shambled toward the locker room
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First Known Use of shamble

1717, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shamble

shamble bowed, malformed

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“Shamble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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sham·​ble | \ ˈsham-bəl How to pronounce shamble (audio) \
shambled; shambling

Kids Definition of shamble

: to walk in an awkward unsteady way

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