shambling

adjective
sham·​bling | \ ˈsham-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce shambling (audio) \

Definition of shambling

: characterized by slow awkward movement

First Known Use of shambling

1592, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shambling was in 1592

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“Shambling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shambling. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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