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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First Known Use of shamble

1717, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shamble

shamble bowed, malformed

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of shamble was in 1717

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How to pronounce shamble (audio)

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 How to pronounce shamble (audio) \
shambled; shambling

Kids Definition of shamble

: to walk in an awkward unsteady way

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