- to walk or go awkwardly; shuffle.
- a shambling gait.
Origin of shamble2
Examples from the Web for shambled
"It's the Honourable Rossi," said a lad who had shambled up.The Eternal City
Brother Peter shambled out, and then Paul and Greta were left alone.
Peter grumbled something beneath his breath and shambled out.
A gaunt old fellow, with only one arm, shambled into the room.
A small, shabby man arose from a bench and shambled forward.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
- (intr) to walk or move along in an awkward or unsteady way
- an awkward or unsteady walk
Word Origin and History for shambled
"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.