• WordNet 3.6
    • n shambling 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
    • n Shambling An awkward, irregular gait.
    • a Shambling Characterized by an awkward, irregular pace; as, a shambling trot; shambling legs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shambling An awkward, clumsy, irregular pace or gait.
    • shambling Characterized by an awkward, irregular, clumsy, weak-kneed motion or gait: as, a shambling trot; shambling legs.
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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.”


In literature:

Tomorrow I go forth to visit the villages where the sick be dying like beasts in the shambles.
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
About twenty prisoners came in in the morning, quaint, rough people, shambling along on diminutive ponies.
"In the Ranks of the C.I.V." by Erskine Childers
At last, however, he succeeded; but though the bull escaped exorcism, he could not elude the shambles.
"International Weekly Miscellany, Vol. 1, No. 5, July 29, 1850" by Various
Why didn't that shambling idiot kill him?
"Jason" by Justus Miles Forman
Possibly his impressionable mind was half conscious of something familiar in its shambling, awkward gait.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" by Ambrose Bierce
Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
He has a sallow skin, a watery eye, a shambling gait, but he has the facts.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Andy Green licked a cigarette into shape the while he watched with unfriendly eyes the shambling departure of their guest.
"The Happy Family" by Bertha Muzzy Bower
Her plan that was to send men into a shambles!
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
Within half a dozen paces of them, in the full moonlight, the shambling figure halted and salaamed with clawlike hands extended.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
The clamour at the shambles of the butcher despot was growing in volume.
"The Siege of Kimberley" by T. Phelan
Do you take my place for a shambles, eh?
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
He kills in the shambles.
"The Pointing Man" by Marjorie Douie
In the swift dash across the glade I went too near the shambles in the midst.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
One visit from such a relic hunter may leave an old house a shambles.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
Bob Hoyt, the foreman, shambled into Mick's lair at the time of day when the lights were burning and smoking on the circling shelf.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
As I get older, I want it more and more, and get more and more tired of my shambling sort of existence.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
From his dingy basement room he slowly mounted the steps and came toward the front door with an irregular shamble.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
They hulled the British brig forty-five times and made a shambles of her deck and did it with the loss of one man.
"The Fight for a Free Sea: A Chronicle of the War of 1812" by Ralph D. Paine
He put out his great hand as he shambled forward.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory

In poetry:

Now down the road, that shambles by,
A window, shining like an eye
Through climbing rose and gourd,
Shows Age and young Rusticity
Seated at board.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
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
Over the monstrous shambling sea,
Over the Caliban sea,
Bright Ariel-cloud, thou lingerest:
Oh wait, oh wait, in the warm red West, --
Thy Prospero I'll be.
"Marsh Song -- At Sunset." by Sidney Lanier
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
Yea ! let the south wind blow,
And the Turkish banner advance,
And the word go out : No quarter !
But I shall hod thee -so !
While the boys and maidens dance
About the shambles of slaughter !
"The Twins" by Aleister Crowley

In news:

The band room at Trimble County High School is a shambles.
Surprise twist to Newsnight shambles as NI boss is revealed as key part of decision-making hierarchy.
Is this year's UN Framework Convention on Climate Change a shambles before it even begins.
In the early summer of 2007, an over-the-hill John McCain, his campaign in shambles, was given up for dead in his race for the Republican presidential nomination.
After the shambles, the relaunch.
Four years ago, when Barack Obama stepped into the presidency, our nation's economy was in shambles, we were at war in Iraq, and the way we financed health care in America was flat out broken.
Look in for the definition of "shambles" and you'll read disorder, a place of ruin, a place of carnage, etc.
Look at and you will find Chris Smith creating an oasis of order in the internet shambles.
Shamble to Valley events for the living dead.
'The Walking Dead' will shamble into a second season, as AMC renews hit zombie show.
Coast, state officials assess shambles at the Shore.
Sandy's wrath leaves Sayreville neighborhood along Raritan River in shambles .
MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University's once-proud football team has slipped into shamble status.
Bill and Leslie Yavorsky said that they came home one night to find their home in shambles.
From Carpathia and Metaluna they came … the rambling, shambling mass that are the hardened Mondo collectors.