[ sham-bol-ik ]
/ ʃæmˈbɒl ɪk /

adjective Chiefly British Informal.

very disorganized; messy or confused: I’ve had a shambolic year, the worst ever.

Origin of shambolic

1960–65; alteration of shambles (in the sense “a disordered place”) probably on the model of symbolic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shambolic


/ (ʃæmˈbɒlɪk) /


informal completely disorganized; chaotic

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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