from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To walk in an awkward, lazy, or unsteady manner, shuffling the feet.
- n. A shuffling gait.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To walk while shuffling or dragging the feet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A place where butcher's meat is sold.
- n. A place for slaughtering animals for meat.
- intransitive v. To walk awkwardly and unsteadily, as if the knees were weak; to shuffle along.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A footstool.
- n. 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. plural A slaughter-house; a place of butchery: sometimes treated as a singular.
- n. In mining. See shammel, 2.
- To slaughter; destine to the shambles.
- To walk awkwardly and unsteadily, as if with weak knees.
- n. A shambling walk or gait.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. walk by dragging one's feet
- n. walking with a slow dragging motion without lifting your feet
Probably from obsolete shamble, awkward, ungainly, from Middle English schamil, butcher's table; see shambles.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)