- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ʃamˈbɒlɪk/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌʃæmˈbɑlɪk/
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ʃæmˈbɔlɪk/
- Rhymes: -ɒlɪk
- Hyphenation: sham‧bol‧ic
- (Australia, Britain) Chaotic, disorganised or mismanaged. [from c. 1960s–1970s]
1994, Timothy O'Riordan; James Cameron, “The History and Contemporary Significance of the Precautionary Principle”, in Tim O'Riordan and James Cameron, editors, Interpreting the Precautionary Principle, London: Earthscan, ISBN 978-1-85383-200-0, page 12:
- The precautionary principle is a culturally framed concept that takes its cue from changing social conceptions about the appropriate roles of science, economics, ethics, politics and the law in pro-active environmental protection and management. As this book will reveal, it is a rather shambolic concept, muddled in policy advice and subject to the whims of international diplomacy and the unpredictable public mood over the true cost of sustainable living.
2013, Philip Murphy, “Winds of Change and the Royal Family”, in Monarchy and the End of Empire: The House of Windsor, the British Government, and the Postwar Commonwealth, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-921423-5, page 66:
- The shabby subterfuge surrounding Suez [the Suez Crisis], as much as its shambolic aftermath, have made it a symbol of the collapse of British global power in the post-war era.
2014 October 22, Graham Michael Barton, “Distribution”, in Show Me the Money: Where Did All the Aid and Money Go after Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines November 2013, Bloomington, Ind.: AuthorHouse, ISBN 978-1-4969-9407-3, page 5:
- During normal times, distribution of goods or services to over 7,000 islands [in the Philippines] is difficult, and the reality is that on a day-to-day basis, it's shambolic. There are too many examples of corruption and inefficiency.
- “shambolic” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online.
- “shambolic” (US) / “shambolic” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.