- to walk or go awkwardly; shuffle.
- a shambling gait.
Origin of shamble2
Examples from the Web for shambling
Then Mr. Wilde told Vance he could go; and he went, shambling like an outcast of the slums.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Take a look at film footage of the shambling old geezers: even the very youngest of them was a doddery old 61!Don’t Call It a Frum-Back: What’s Changed After Three Months Away
September 4, 2013
McCarthy is shambling and sunny, his shirttails as often as not hanging out over his suit pants.Capitol Hill's New Ruling Class
November 3, 2010
Shambling along in oversized suits, his eyes penetrating behind owlish specs, Dunne is now 82.After Dominick
J. J. Berzelius
November 7, 2008
Behind him walked his guard: behind the guard he heard Luke Evans shambling.
"I've allays said so," Joseph answered, shambling a little nearer.Aunt Rachel
David Christie Murray
He was a tall man, with a shambling gait and an angular face.The Young Miner
Horatio Alger, Jr.
Ransom, shambling behind them, crept in and knelt at the foot of the bed.Rdan The Devil And Other Stories
He returned to the front of the house, shambling like a somnambulist.The Day Time Stopped Moving
- (intr) to walk or move along in an awkward or unsteady way
- an awkward or unsteady walk
Word Origin and History for shambling
"to walk with a shuffling gait, walk awkwardly and unsteadily," 1680s, from an adjective meaning "ungainly, awkward" (c.1600), 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. French bancal "bow-legged, wobbly" (of furniture), properly "bench-legged," from banc "bench." The noun meaning "a shambling gait" is from 1828. Related: Shambled; shambling.