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Behind him walked his guard: behind the guard he heard Luke Evans shambling.

"I've allays said so," Joseph answered, shambling a little nearer.

He was a tall man, with a shambling gait and an angular face.

Ransom, shambling behind them, crept in and knelt at the foot of the bed.

He returned to the front of the house, shambling like a somnambulist.

There was nothing weak or shambling in those six feet three inches.

A shambling, stooping, trembling old man, in his dotage already.

Her entourage followed her, shambling a little, and blank-eyed.

A shambling, shoddy crew, this crowd of shoppers and labor demonstrators!

People turned to look after him, so uncouth was his shambling figure.

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.

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