Definition of shambolic in English:



  • Chaotic, disorganized, or mismanaged.

    ‘the department's shambolic accounting’
    • ‘Touristy but attractive, the shambolic market lends an appealing air of bustle, while the Douro slips by silently towards the Atlantic.’
    • ‘Despite his shambolic demeanour, Doyle has been riding the Asian new wave pretty shrewdly.’
    • ‘We looked limp and pallid and shambolic by comparison.’
    • ‘The armies of the surrounding Arab countries (with the exception of the British-led Jordanian Arab Legion), were shambolic and hopeless.’
    • ‘Living up to some shambolic ideal of its own invention, The Replacements influenced virtually every band emerging in the early '90s, both in its punk-informed songs and in its career arc.’
    • ‘It is early days, but it is possible that this kind of inclusivity is exactly what our notoriously shambolic film industry needs.’
    • ‘Eventually, it became apparent that being shambolic and rambling was their sole raison d' être.’
    • ‘As the lights went up, eyes focused in on a shambolic, drunken sprawling mess.’
    • ‘The zombies themselves are well-realised in the vein of George A Romero's classic monsters - as Pegg himself says, they're so shambolic and endearingly rubbish that you could spend and hour in a room just dodging one.’
    • ‘It could be, perhaps, that the genre is still seen as monolithic and shambolic, Hildas in horn-hats and breastplates.’
    • ‘The groundbreaking Sicilian work loses all sense of tragedy in Christ Church's shambolic production, which even manages to ruin Pirandello's subtle jibes at traditional theatre.’
    • ‘We pass the school bus and reach the beginnings of Troy - a security gate with a man drinking coffee - and then I see the Horse: grey, singed metal, dwarfing our van, strangely shambolic.’
    • ‘His sophomore effort is ambitious and diverse, suggesting Skinner's shambolic charm is here to stay.’
    • ‘The Beach Boys are a good reference point: At their most endearing, the Band have the shambolic charm of early 70s Beach Boys records.’
    • ‘Lambasted after throwing away a two-goal lead against Austria in their opening group six match on Saturday, England went into the match knowing another shambolic display could cost Sven-Goran Eriksson his job as head coach.’
    • ‘Crash The Party is a shambolic anthem that recalls the jerky, off-kilter energy of Hot Hot Heat in their prime, while there's a warm glow surrounding the slightly more stripped down melodies of the softly-spoken Let It Rain.’
    • ‘He was fine before he went on stage but, once he was there, he transformed into this shambolic drug-addled circus freak.’
    • ‘Despite the self-deprecation, both outfits do a fair imitation of rock stars, and while Fake Mistake is certainly shambolic, it's also a rewarding listen - assured, smart, and inventive.’
    • ‘An idiosyncratic mix of deliberately shambolic skits, sketches, stunts and spoofs, interrupted by fervent bickering, the show appeared intermittently from 1987 to huge public and critical acclaim.’
    • ‘The result is admittedly shambolic at times but leaves the distinct feeling that, rather than listening to a jingle-laden radio show, you've popped round to a friend's house to listen to records that they like and think you might like.’
    chaotic, disorganized, muddled, confused, in disarray, in total disarray, at sixes and sevens, unsystematic, haphazard, hit-or-miss, scrappy, fragmented, inefficient
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1970s: from shambles, probably on the pattern of symbolic.