sham·​bol·​ic sham-ˈbä-lik How to pronounce shambolic (audio)
chiefly British
: obviously disorganized or confused

Examples of shambolic in a Sentence

a shambolic system of public transportation
Recent Examples on the Web During the tour, journalists and diplomats were taken through a large warehouse, with airport workers looking nonplussed as the group walked between shambolic piles of boxes and floor-to-ceiling shelving units. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2024 But concerns remain that the overall shambolic state of U.S. public health data infrastructure could hobble the response to any future threats. Sam Whitehead, CNN, 24 Apr. 2023 Miami shed a shambolic preseason performance with a first half that was sublime. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 22 Feb. 2024 In contrast to the shambolic upper-classness of his predecessor in City Hall, Boris Johnson, Khan is something of a throwback: a politico of the Tony Blair era. Peter Guest, WIRED, 26 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for shambolic 

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Word History


probably from shambles

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shambolic was in 1970

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“Shambolic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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