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  • v. Present participle of shamble.
  • adj. Who walks while dragging or shuffling the feet.
  • n. An awkward, irregular gait.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by an awkward, irregular pace
  • n. An awkward, irregular gait.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by an awkward, irregular, clumsy, weak-kneed motion or gait: as, a shambling trot; shambling legs.
  • n. An awkward, clumsy, irregular pace or gait.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. walking with a slow dragging motion without lifting your feet


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