shambolic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1970.[1][2] shambles +‎ -o- +‎ -ic. The interconsonantal -o- is to avoid the /mbl/ consonant cluster.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

shambolic ‎(comparative more shambolic, superlative most shambolic)

  1. (Britain, Australia, slang) chaotic, disorganised or mismanaged
    • 2000, China Miéville, Perdido Street Station:
      The pub was empty of all but the most dedicated drinkers, shambolic figures huddled over bottles.

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ shambolic” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online.
  2. ^ Shambolic Oxford Dictionaries Online