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[sham-buh l] /ˈʃæm bəl/
verb (used without object), shambled, shambling.
1.
to walk or go awkwardly; shuffle.
noun
2.
a shambling gait.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; perhaps short for shamble-legs one that walks wide (i.e., as if straddling), reminiscent of the legs of a shamble1 (in earlier sense “butcher's table”)
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Examples for shambling
  • The bears of the north have scented their quarry-they come near you and nearer, shambling and rolling their bulk.
  • He was exactly the way he is now- shabby, shambling, absentminded.
British Dictionary definitions for shambling

shamble

/ˈʃæmbəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to walk or move along in an awkward or unsteady way
noun
2.
an awkward or unsteady walk
Derived Forms
shambling, adjective, noun
Word Origin
C17: from shamble (adj) ungainly, perhaps from the phrase shamble legs legs resembling those of a meat vendor's table; see shambles
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Word Origin and History for shambling
shamble
"to walk with a shuffling gait," 1681, from an adj. meaning "ungainly, awkward" (1607), from shamble (n.) "table, bench" (see shambles) perhaps on the notion of the splayed legs of bench, or the way a worker sits astride it. Cf. Fr. bancal "bow-legged, wobbly" (of furniture), prop. "bench-legged," from banc "bench."
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