Definition of shambolic in English:

shambolic

adjective

British
informal
  • Chaotic, disorganized, or mismanaged.

    ‘the department's shambolic accounting’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite his shambolic demeanour, Doyle has been riding the Asian new wave pretty shrewdly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eventually, it became apparent that being shambolic and rambling was their sole raison d' être.’
    • ‘His sophomore effort is ambitious and diverse, suggesting Skinner's shambolic charm is here to stay.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Beach Boys are a good reference point: At their most endearing, the Band have the shambolic charm of early 70s Beach Boys records.’
    • ‘We looked limp and pallid and shambolic by comparison.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The armies of the surrounding Arab countries (with the exception of the British-led Jordanian Arab Legion), were shambolic and hopeless.’
    • ‘As the lights went up, eyes focused in on a shambolic, drunken sprawling mess.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is early days, but it is possible that this kind of inclusivity is exactly what our notoriously shambolic film industry needs.’
    • ‘It could be, perhaps, that the genre is still seen as monolithic and shambolic, Hildas in horn-hats and breastplates.’
    • ‘Touristy but attractive, the shambolic market lends an appealing air of bustle, while the Douro slips by silently towards the Atlantic.’
    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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Origin

1970s: from shambles, probably on the pattern of symbolic.

Pronunciation

shambolic

/ˌSHamˈbälik//ˌʃæmˈbɑlɪk/