from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. A scene or condition of complete disorder or ruin: "The economy was in a shambles” ( W. Bruce Lincoln).
- n.pl. Great clutter or jumble; a total mess: made dinner and left the kitchen a shambles.
- n.pl. A place or scene of bloodshed or carnage.
- n.pl. A scene or condition of great devastation.
- n.pl. A slaughterhouse.
- n.pl. Archaic A meat market or butcher shop.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a scene of great disorder or ruin
- n. a great mess or clutter
- n. a scene of bloodshed, carnage or devastation
- n. a slaughterhouse
- n. a butcher's shop
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of shamble.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a condition of great disorder
- n. a building where animals are butchered
From Middle English shamel, shambil, place where meat is butchered and sold, from Old English sceamol, table, from Latin scabillum, scamillum, diminutive of scamnum, bench, stool.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English scamul. A borrowing from Vulgar Latin scamellum, diminutive of Latin scamnum ("bench"). (Wiktionary)