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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: shamble (of legs) 'curved, badly formed' (16-19 centuries), probably from shamble 'table from which meat is sold' ( SHAMBLES); probably because of the similarity to table legs


sham‧ble [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to walk slowly and awkwardly, not lifting your feet much, for example because you are tired, weak, or lazy [= shuffle]
shamble over/past/along etc
The old man shambled out of the room muttering to himself.
shambling gait (=a shambling way of walking)

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