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shambolic

[ sham-bol-ik ]
/ ʃæmˈbɒl ɪk /
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adjective Chiefly British Informal.
very disorganized; messy or confused: I’ve had a shambolic year, the worst ever.
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Origin of shambolic

First recorded in 1960–65; alteration of shambles (in the sense “a disordered place”); probably on the model of symbolic
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British Dictionary definitions for shambolic

shambolic
/ (ʃæmˈbɒlɪk) /

adjective
informal completely disorganized; chaotic

Word Origin for shambolic

C20: irregularly formed from shambles
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