Definitions

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  • adj. Shambling; not coordinated or graceful; clumsy.

Etymologies

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shamble +‎ -y

Examples

  • And we should be careful not to forget where this conversation found its genesis: in a group of shambly, inarticulate hippies camped out with bucket-drums in the financial district of New York City.

    Sean Firko: Occupy Wall Street: Inarticulate Nonsense or Real Politics?

  • Not the trendy, shambly sort, who just want to eat your brains, but pretty much people who just also happened to be the walking dead.

    Problems peculiar to the undead. And spec fic writers.

  • He was dressed very well, he was turned out, he had presence and manner and she felt a little shambly, but not uncomfortably so, in her denim and old sandals.

    Underworld

  • Or a room in some shambly street only a mile from home.

    Underworld

  • As opposed to a typical day at Gateway Mall in Springfield Oregon, this is not scary….or nearly shambly enough.

    COLOR ME ZOMBORED

  • I glared at Volcasius as he stood there, shambly and lop-sided in his irritating sunhat.

    See Delphi and Die

  • Every time the dog looked at it he thought that he had never seen anything so ugly and misshapen as the baby elk, with its long, shambly legs, which hung down from the body, like loose stilts.

    Further Adventures of Nils

  • Foster had been a thorn in the Archdeacon's side ever since his arrival in Polchester -- a thin, shambly-kneed, untidy, pale-faced prig, that was what Foster was!

    The Cathedral

  • He was still, for a time at least, clumsy and shambly.

    Abraham Lincoln

  • His loose shambly frame was nearly bare to the bones, his light sunburnt hair hung long and straight round his thin jaws and white eyes, that shone with a delirious glare, as if his mind had been terror-struck.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11

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