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intr.v. sham·bled, sham·bling, sham·bles
To walk in an awkward, lazy, or unsteady manner, shuffling the feet.
A shuffling gait.

[Probably from obsolete shamble, awkward, ungainly, from Middle English schamil, butcher's table; see shambles.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shambling - walking with a slow dragging motion without lifting your feet; "from his shambling I assumed he was very old"
walk, walking - the act of traveling by foot; "walking is a healthy form of exercise"


adjective clumsy, awkward, shuffling, lurching, lumbering, unsteady, ungainly a small dark, shambling figure
References in classic literature ?
If we will keep a shambling, loose, untaught set in the community, for our convenience, why, we must take the consequence.
A large bell rang in the lower regions -- quick, shambling footsteps pattered on the stone corridor outside -- the door opened suddenly -- and a tall lean yellow old man, sharp as to his eyes, shrewd as to his lips, fussily restless as to all his movements, entered the room, with two huge Labrador dogs at his heels, and took his seat in a violent hurry.
The shambling figure, and the scanty great-coat, were not to be mistaken.
I could not help a creeping horror, as I perceived first one and then another trot out from the trees or reeds and come shambling along over the hot dust.
An instant afterwards there appeared a little wizened fellow with a cringing manner and a shambling style of walking.
Parson Tringham had spoken truly when he said that our shambling John Durbeyfield was the only really lineal representative of the old d'Urberville family existing in the county, or near it; he might have added, what he knew very well, that the Stoke-d'Urbervilles were no more d'Urbervilles of the true tree then he was himself.
She remembered Joe, a silent, shambling youth, all hands, feet, and shyness, who had spent most of his spare time twisting his fingers and staring adoringly at her from afar.
Sit down, you dancing, prancing, shambling, scrambling poll-parrot
A shuffling quick step on the path; a running grumble of unmistakable threats; a shambling moonlit figure seen in glimpses through the leaves, very near us for an instant, then hidden by the shrubbery as he passed within a few yards of our hiding-place.
But results which depend on human conscience and intelligence work slowly, and now at the end of 1829, most medical practice was still strutting or shambling along the old paths, and there was still scientific work to be done which might have seemed to be a direct sequence of Bichat's.
They were Chinese, with expressionless, Sphinx-like faces, and they walked in peculiar shambling fashion, dragging their feet as if the clumsy brogans were too heavy for their lean shanks.
He ran once, but the long gown clogged him so that he slowed down into a shambling walk, and finally plumped into the heather once more.