shamble

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

Definition of shamble

intransitive verb

: to walk awkwardly with dragging feet : shuffle

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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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Oil giant Saudi Aramco’s potential $2 trillion initial public offering is shambling slowly off the stage. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Saudi Aramco Could Still Sell a Stake—to China," 23 Aug. 2018 Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images For several months, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has quietly shambled along in a zombielike state. Dara Lind, Vox, "DACA is in a state of legal limbo. Now a Texas judge might rule to kill it.," 7 Aug. 2018 Fortunately, Pacino isn’t dialing things up in his big return to the screen—his detective Frank Keller is a charming, but shambling screw-up, a perfect noir hero in what amounts to a solid genre exercise. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Many Eras of Al Pacino's Stardom," 25 Mar. 2018 Once the zombification spreads, the mayhem runs through Charleston's streets, providing a quaint frame to the usual scenes of shambling monsters chowing down on anyone who can't run fast enough. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "It may not be deep, but 'Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies' is bursting with regional flavor," 22 Mar. 2018 In the title story, adman Bill Whitman — note the surname — dishes a contemplative collage of ex-wives and ex-friends, a resigned and almost free-associative appraisal of his shambled past. William Giraldi, The Seattle Times, "Denis Johnson’s posthumous story collection is a thrilling gift from the grave," 4 Feb. 2018 His diffidence blends well with his shambling characterization and Ford’s unhurried tempo. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "Mr. Lincoln Goes to Hollywood (and Looks Like Henry Fonda)," 26 Jan. 2018 One approach is to adopt the mind of a tracker examining the scat of a shaggy, shambling woodland beast. Eliot A. Cohen, The Atlantic, "Three Ways to Read Trump's National Security Strategy," 18 Dec. 2017 One might imagine that for the president, who has struggled to push his top priorities through over a shambling seven months in office, this would be cause for celebration and horn-tooting. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "DACA Pits Trump Against His Own Administration," 7 Sep. 2017

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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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The first known use of shamble was in 1717

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shamble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shamble

: to walk in an awkward, unsteady way without lifting your feet very high off the ground

shamble

verb
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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