• WordNet 3.6
    • v shamble walk by dragging one's feet "he shuffled out of the room","We heard his feet shuffling down the hall"
    • n shamble walking with a slow dragging motion without lifting your feet "from his shambling I assumed he was very old"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shamble A place for slaughtering animals for meat. "To make a shambles of the parliament house."
    • Shamble A place where butcher's meat is sold. "As summer flies are in the shambles ."
    • Shamble (Mining) One of a succession of niches or platforms, one above another, to hold ore which is thrown successively from platform to platform, and thus raised to a higher level.
    • v. i Shamble To walk awkwardly and unsteadily, as if the knees were weak; to shuffle along.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shamble A footstool.
    • n shamble A bench; especially, a bench or stall in a market on which goods are exposed for sale. Specifically plural The tables or stalls on or in which butchers expose meat for sale; hence, a fresh-or meat-market.
    • n shamble plural A slaughter-house; a place of butchery: sometimes treated as a singular.
    • n shamble In mining. See shammel, 2.
    • shamble To slaughter; destine to the shambles.
    • shamble To walk awkwardly and unsteadily, as if with weak knees.
    • n shamble A shambling walk or gait.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Shamble sham′bl to walk with an awkward, unsteady gait
    • n Shamble a shambling gait
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. schamel, a bench, stool, AS. scamel, sceamol, a bench, form, stool, fr. L. scamellum, dim. of scamnum, a bench, stool


In literature:

His walk was a patient shamble, but he covered incredible distances.
"Love Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
He shambled off without a word and she saw no more of him.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
The door swung open and the soldier, merely a shambling peon, bearing the tray, entered.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Maurice's "fellows," shepherded by their host, shambled speechlessly along in the background.
"The Vehement Flame" by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
He shambles in his walk.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, August, 1863, No. 70" by Various
His shambling gait steadied itself with firmest confidence.
"How Deacon Tubman and Parson Whitney Kept New Year's" by W. H. H. Murray
To-day at sunrise came Apollo to our house, seeking his shambling kine.
"The Homeric Hymns A New Prose Translation; and Essays, Literary and Mythological" by Andrew Lang
Denzil Cantercot shambled home thoughtfully, and abstractedly took his place at the Crowl dinner-table.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
They inspire neither terror nor pity, only the sickness of the shambles.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
The upper deck was a shambles.
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham

In poetry:

A tar, but poorly prized,
Long, shambling, and unsightly,
Thrashed, bullied, and despised,
Was wretched JOE GOLIGHTLY.
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I could not rest if I heard the tread
Of a coffle gang to the shambles led,
And the mother's shriek of wild despair
Rise like a curse on the trembling air.
"Bury Me In A Free Land" by Frances Ellen Watkins
The slain I would not see . . . and so I lift
My eyes from out the shambles where they lie;
When lo! a million woman-faces drift
Like pale leaves through the sky.
"The Mourners" by Robert W Service
A horror of great darkness over them,
No cloud of fire to guide and cover them,
Beasts for the shambles, tremulous with dread,
They crouch on alien soil among their dead.
"Odessa" by John Charles McNeill
Must they die, and die in vain,
Like a flock of shambled sheep?
Then the Yankee grit and brain
Must be dead or gone to sleep,
And our sailors’ gallant story of a hundred years of glory
Let us sell for a song, selling cheap!
"Albemarle Cushing" by James Jeffrey Roche
With death in the terrible flickering gloom of the fight
I was cruel and fierce with despair; I was naked and bound;
was stricken: and Beauty returned through the shambles of night;
In the faces of men she returned; and their triumph I found.
"The Triumph" by Siegfried Sassoon

In news:

Editor's Viewpoint: A clear winner in shambles stakes.
Contractor Admits Olympic Security Is In Shambles .
Cease-fire in shambles , Al Qaeda role is feared.
Red Sox in a Shambles .
Did Supreme Court leave legal issue in ' shambles '.
It isn't the reason our economy is in shambles .
School District 205 in shambles under Dr Sheffield.
Econ in " Shambles " With No Sign of Recovery.
The Greatest American Shambles from the January 31, 1991 issue.
In an otherwise excellent survey of the S&L shambles , Michael M Thomas goes to some lengths to explain why the apparent bill of $150 billion to clean up the mess is really a bill of $500 billion.
Many of those NCAA Tournament brackets are in shambles already.
In the winter of 1841, Abraham Lincoln's life was a shambles.
Revelations for the 3DS was decent, but Resident Evil 6 for consoles was a shambling mess.
DETROIT — In 1968, when I was young, Detroit was in shambles.
Econ in "Shambles" With No Sign of Recovery.