sham·ble | \ˈsham-bəl \
shambled; shambling\ˈsham-b(ə-)liŋ \

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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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,, "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 McConnell’s stiff, dry demeanor is worlds away from Trump’s shambling vulgarity—their histories and philosophies rhyme in curious ways. Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, "The Most Powerful Republican in America (and How He Paved the Way for Donald Trump)," 19 Jan. 2017 The games were briefly interrupted on this evening when half the children peeled off to greet and hug a shambling 68-year-old who’d arrived with his wife. Austin Murphy,, "It's an Island Ting: Kahuku High in Oahu Churns Out NFL Studs Like Schools in Florida and Texas," 25 Oct. 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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English Language Learners Definition of shamble

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


sham·ble | \ˈsham-bəl \
shambled; shambling

Kids Definition of shamble

: to walk in an awkward unsteady way

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to reject or criticize sharply

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