sham·​bling ˈsham-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce shambling (audio)
: characterized by slow awkward movement

Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shambling was in 1592

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“Shambling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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