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adjective Chiefly British Informal.
  1. very disorganized; messy or confused: I’ve had a shambolic year, the worst ever.
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Origin of shambolic

1960–65; alteration of shambles (in the sense “a disordered place”) probably on the model of symbolic
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  1. informal completely disorganized; chaotic
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Word Origin for shambolic

C20: irregularly formed from shambles
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Word Origin and History for shambolic


1961, apparently from shamble in the sense "disorder" (see shambles), perhaps on model of symbolic.

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