shamble

verb

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

intransitive verb

: to walk awkwardly with dragging feet : shuffle
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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Word History

Etymology

shamble bowed, malformed

First Known Use

1717, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shamble was in 1717

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“Shamble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shamble. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

shamble

verb
sham·​ble ˈsham-bəl How to pronounce shamble (audio)
shambled; shambling -b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce shamble (audio)
: to walk awkwardly with dragging feet : shuffle
shamble noun

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