- a slaughterhouse.
- any place of carnage.
- any scene of destruction: to turn cities into shambles.
- any scene, place, or thing in disorder: Her desk is a shambles.
Origin of shamble1
verb (used without object), sham·bled, sham·bling.
Origin of shamble2
Examples from the Web for shamble
As he hastened up the little drive, his walk, usually so dignified and elastic, became a shamble.The Yellow House|E. Phillips Oppenheim
I gave her a pat on the chin scarcely consistent with my aged and tottering mien and proceeded to shamble painfully to my room.A Strange Disappearance|Anna Katharine Green
The ivory Pequod was turned into what seemed a shamble; every sailor a butcher.Moby Dick; or The Whale|Herman Melville
His knees still knocked together in a loathsome paralysis, but he made effort to shamble forward.The Air Pirate|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Then, to his amazement, he saw the boulder before him rise to its feet and shamble off into the night.
Word Origin for shamble
"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.