adjective informal lacking organization or planning: The way they run this place is totally shambolic.

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  • shambolic — [sham bäl′ik] adj. [Brit. Informal] confused, disorderly, chaotic, etc. * * * sham·bol·ic (shăm bŏlʹĭk) adj. Chiefly British Slang Disorderly or chaotic: “ [The country s] transportation system is in a shambolic state” (London Sunday Times).  … …   Universalium

  • shambolic — by 1970, apparently from SHAMBLE (Cf. shamble), perhaps on model of symbolic …   Etymology dictionary

  • shambolic — ► ADJECTIVE informal, chiefly Brit. ▪ chaotic or disorganized. ORIGIN from SHAMBLES(Cf. ↑shambles), probably on the pattern of symbolic …   English terms dictionary

  • shambolic — [sham bäl′ik] adj. [Brit. Informal] confused, disorderly, chaotic, etc …   English World dictionary

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  • shambolic — adjective ʃæm.ˈbɒl.ɪkʃæm.ˈbɔl.ɪk chaotic, disorganised The pub was empty of all but the most dedicated drinkers, shambolic figures huddled over bottles. See Also: shambles …   Wiktionary

  • shambolic — sham|bol|ic [ʃæmˈbɔlık US ˈba: ] adj BrE [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: shambles, perhaps on the model of symbolic] very disorganized ▪ the Government s shambolic efforts to deal with the crisis …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shambolic — /ʃæmˈbɒlɪk/ (say sham bolik) adjective in a shambles; confused; disorderly: *the nine month review process was shambolic , with hotels and clubs keeping the unfair monopoly over selling takeaway liquor. –aap news, 2000. {from shambles with… …  

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  • shambolic — adjective Etymology: probably from shambles Date: 1970 chiefly British obviously disorganized or confused …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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