intr.v. sham·bled, sham·bling, sham·bles
To walk in an awkward, lazy, or unsteady manner, shuffling the feet.
A shuffling gait.
[Probably from obsolete shamble, awkward, ungainly, from Middle English schamil, butcher's table; see SHAMBLES.]
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