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shamble (SHAM-buhl) verb intr.

To walk in an awkward, lazy, or unsteady manner, shuffling the feet.

noun

A shuffling gait.

[Probably from obsolete shamble, awkward, ungainly, from Middle English schamil, butcher's table.]

"Zinnemann: In terms of the movement of the various ceremonies we needed people who could respond to rhythm, not just extras who would shamble around." Neve, Brian, A past master of his craft: an interview with Fred Zinnemann. (filmmaker), Cineaste, 1 Jan 1997.

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