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

  • To slaughter; destine to the shambles.
  • To walk awkwardly and unsteadily, as if with weak knees.
  • 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.
  • 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)



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