shambles

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English scamul. A borrowing from Vulgar Latin scamellum, diminutive of Latin scamnum (bench).

Noun[edit]

shambles (uncountable)

  1. a scene of great disorder or ruin
  2. a great mess or clutter
    This website is a shambles.
  3. a scene of bloodshed, carnage or devastation
  4. a slaughterhouse
  5. (archaic) a butcher's shop
    • Jonathan Swift
      As to our city of Dublin, shambles may be appointed for this purpose in the most convenient parts of it, and butchers we may be assured will not be wanting []

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Verb[edit]

shambles

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of shamble