shambles

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Old English sċamul. A borrowing from Vulgar Latin scamellum, scamillum (little bench, ridge), from Latin scamnum (bench, ridge, breadth of a field).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃæmbl̩z/
  • (file)

NounEdit

shambles (plural shambles)

  1. work done in a poor fashion
  2. a scene of great disorder or ruin
  3. a great mess or clutter
    This website is a shambles.
  4. a scene of bloodshed, carnage or devastation
  5. a slaughterhouse
  6. (archaic) a butcher's shop

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VerbEdit

shambles

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