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shamble

[ sham-buh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF shamble

Synonyms for shamble

  • change
  • confuse
  • disarrange
  • disarray
  • discompose
  • dislocate
  • disorder
  • disorganize
  • disrupt
  • disturb
  • intermix
  • jumble
  • scuff
  • scuffle
  • shift
  • break the deck
  • change the order
  • mess up
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Antonyms for shamble

  • arrange
  • calm
  • clear up
  • compose
  • neaten
  • order
  • organize
  • remain
  • soothe
  • systematize
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHAMBLE

Yes, that she would, and all at once the pails began to shamble up the hill.

The ivory Pequod was turned into what seemed a shamble; every sailor a butcher.

He did not shamble along, as though his courage had been driven from his body.

The men were past revolt now, they could only shamble dizzily about.

They could not walk, they could only shamble; they could not laugh, they could only leer.

Chief George waited for no second bidding, but began to shamble off across the snow towards his encampment.

I gave her a pat on the chin scarcely consistent with my aged and tottering mien and proceeded to shamble painfully to my room.

Don't you realize that they have watched man creep out of primal slimes, take limbs and shamble, and finally walk?

Scammell preserves an older form of shamble(s), originally the benches on which meat was exposed for sale.

The fisherman turned away to shamble noisily over the shingle, huge booted heels crunching, toward one of the dories.

WORD ORIGIN

"to walk with a shuffling gait, walk awkwardly and unsteadily," 1680s, from an adjective meaning "ungainly, awkward" (c.1600), from shamble (n.) "table, bench" (see shambles), perhaps on the notion of the splayed legs of bench, or the way a worker sits astride it. Cf. French bancal "bow-legged, wobbly" (of furniture), properly "bench-legged," from banc "bench." The noun meaning "a shambling gait" is from 1828. Related: Shambled; shambling.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SHAMBLE

drag

verbmove very slowly

limped

verbwalk with faltering step
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